The Fountains of Silence

The Fountains of Silence

A portrait of love, silence, and secrets under a Spanish dictatorship.

Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming promise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of an oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother's birth through the lens of his camera. Photography--and fate--introduce him to Ana, whose family's interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War--as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel's photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of difficult decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.

Includes vintage media reports, oral history commentary, photos, and more.

Title:The Fountains of Silence
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780399160318
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    The Fountains of Silence Reviews

  • Paromjit

    Ruta Sepetys paints a richly descriptive and historically detailed picture of post war Spain under the fascist dictator, General Franco. It is 1957, and Spain is desperate for money and to facilitate ...

  • Matthew

    Ruta Sepetys can tell a story – that is really all you need to know!Some authors write one great book and then spend the rest of their career trying to achieve the same level of greatness. Not Sepet...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Hey friends, I’m so excited to read a story about story an emotional, heart wrenching story takes place in Madrid in late 50’s when General Franco’s dictatorship takes over and rules the city! I...

  • Emily May

    I'm not going to rate or review this. I've only liked one of the three Sepetys books I've read in the past, but I was really hoping a book on Spain under Franco would be the equalizer. It wasn't to be...

  • Hannah Greendale

    Congested, sacharrine, and melodramatic. ...

  • Beverly

    Historical fiction at its finest, The Fountains of Silence is another stellar work from Ruth Sepetys. I really loved Salt to the Sea by her as well. This book tells the story of Francisco Franco's Spa...

  • Alex's Reads & Reviews

    Do you realize the lengths I would go to for a copy of this book? I NEED THIS SO BADLYNow it’s been read, and this is easily one of my favorites of the year! It’s heart-breaking, it’s romantic, ...

  • human

    It's been three days and I've yet to consolidate my feelings on this book. Blame school. So I'm just going to flat-out type everything (oh boy) (as I usually do).First off, we've got our delightful ca...

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    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest A while back, I read another book called Ruta Sepetys, called OUT OF THE EASY, a work of young adult historical fiction set in 1950s New Orl...

  • Lea | That_Bookdragon

    A solid 5/5 ⭐️Thank you so much to Penguin Random House International for providing me with a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. A very pretty bookmark was also included in t...