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  • Published: 3 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241421864
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 512

The Fountains of Silence

A haunting and romantic novel set in post-war Spain by Carnegie Medal winning author of Salt to the Sea.

Madrid, 1957. Daniel, young, wealthy and unsure of his place in the world, views the city through the lens of his camera. Ana, a hotel maid whose family is suffering under the fascist dictatorship of General Franco. Lives and hearts collide as they unite to uncover the hidden darkness within the city. A darkness that could engulf them all . . .

Carnegie Medal winning author Ruta Sepetys once again shines light into one of history's darkest corners in this epic, heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love and the hidden violence of silence.

  • Published: 3 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241421864
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 512

About the author

Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys was born and raised in Michigan in a loving houshold, enjoyed her school years and bravely stepped into the world when she left home for Paris, France to live and work. She has her roots in a completely different medium, that of music and It was only when she visited relatives in Lithuania that she discovered a family history that was seemingly hidden, and realised that there was a personal story to tell of a cataclysmic event in European history that is not commonly known.

Between Shades of Gray is a story that is both poignant and extraordinary. It is both difficult to read, because it is so painful and so personal, and also uplifting - to discover the joy and spirit of the Lithuanian people.

Ruta Sepetys now lives in Tennessee with her family, enjoys their company and that of her friends and is passionate about the arts and truth.

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Praise for The Fountains of Silence

Captivating, deft, and illuminating historical fiction.


A stunning novel that exposes modern fascism and elevates human resilience.



Publisher's Weekly

An exemplary work of historical fiction.

The Horn Book

Ruta Sepetys is the finest writer of historical fiction working today.

The Wall Street Journal

Spain under Francisco Franco is as dystopian a setting as Margaret Atwood's Gilead in Ruta Sepetys's suspenseful, romantic and timely new work of historical fiction.

The New York Times Book Review

[A] towering work of historical insight.

Entertainment Weekly

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