Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
The Fountains of Silence
The Fountains of Silence | Ruta Sepetys
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray comes a gripping, extraordinary 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 guise 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 decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city. Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys once again shines light into one of history's darkest corners in this epic, heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love, repercussions of war, and the hidden violence of silence--inspired by the true postwar struggles of Spain. Includes vintage media interstitials, oral history commentary, photos, and more.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
review
mandi1082
post image
Pickpick

5️⃣⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book takes place in Spain during the 1950 when it was under dictatorship by Fransisco Franco. Even though this was a work of historic fiction it was based on some actual facts of things going on in Spain during that time.

mandi1082 I love Ruta Sepetys writing and this was no exception. I was thoroughly engrossed in the pages and very fascinated and intrigued with the story. I loved the characters especially Daniel. I enjoy historic fiction and loved that this was something different from what I have read before. This was a great read. 3d
54 likes2 stack adds1 comment
blurb
moarbookspleaze
post image

Not sure I love this as much as her others but still really enjoying.

28 likes1 stack add
review
UnabridgedPod
post image
Pickpick

Ruta Sepetys's historical novel The Fountains of Silence is just brilliant. Focused on Franco-controlled Spain in the 1950s, the book alternates between several perspectives. First, there are three siblings, Julia, Rafa, and Ana, whose parents were killed because of their viewpoints during the Revolution. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod Julia is a seamstress who works on costumes for matadors and leads the family in an effort to move to a safer home, along with her husband and baby, Lali. Rafa is a gravedigger and butcher alongside his friend Fuga, an aspiring bullfighter; the two bonded during their time in an abusive home when they were children. Ana, the youngest, is a housekeeper at a luxurious hotel for tourists whose interest in the glamorous lifestyle ⬇️ 5d
UnabridgedPod of the Americans she serves puts her at risk. The siblings' cousin, Puri, is a novitiate who serves at an orphanage, caring for babies and hoping to find them homes. The final protagonist is Daniel Matheson, the Texan son of a wealthy oilman and a Spanish-born wife who yearns to escape his apparent destiny as a businessman and to pursue a career as a photojournalist.⠀⬇️ 5d
UnabridgedPod As these characters meet and their stories become intertwined, Sepetys gradually unveils the truth behind Franco's dictatorship, which limits the lives of his citizens, clumsiily covering over the brutality of both the past and the present. The author is a beautiful storyteller whose characters vibrantly illuminate the challenges of the dictator-controlled country and the possibilities for hope and activism within the humblest individuals. ⬇️ 5d
See All 6 Comments
UnabridgedPod I devoured The Fountains of Silence, swept away by a history I didn't know and characters I came to love. 5d
CaitlinR Next on my list. 5d
UnabridgedPod @CaitlinR it‘s so good!! ❤️ 5d
17 likes6 comments
quote
MellieAntoinette
post image

“And there is usually a magnificent assortment of weirdies.”

review
Kboltz
post image
Pickpick

I loved this story of Spain after WW11 when Franco is still in control and ideals silently happened as Spain continued under a regime that stole children to follow the “correct” way to live. I never knew any of this was taking place until the early 1980‘s, children being taken into adoption to parents who could mold them as seen fit by the regime. I guess the silence has been broken.

9 likes1 stack add
review
aroc
post image
Mehso-so

I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. It was so slow and did a good job of showing life under a dictator but it didn't really get to the heart of what I think she wanted the story to be about. This was a disappointing read for me.

24 likes1 stack add
review
rjsthumbelina
post image
Pickpick

Wow. I'm not sure what I can say about this book. The first half moved kind of slowly. I was interested, but not enough to just want to sit and read. The second half I read in basically one sitting! (Which is good, bc I had to read it to run my Barnes & Noble's YA book club, and that's tomorrow.)

rjsthumbelina I don't understand how these characters aren't real people. It doesn't seem possible to me that Ana, Daniel, Puri, Julia, Nick, and Ben aren't actual historical figures. And the story between Ana and Daniel? Perfection. Absolutely beautiful. ❤️ 1w
rjsthumbelina I had never learned much of anything about Franco or what the people of Spain went through during the dictatorship following their civil war. I had certainly never heard about the children who were adopted. This story made me feel so much! I will definitely be going back and reading everything Ruta Sepetys has written. 1w
See All 6 Comments
Crazeedi I have read 2 of her books so far and I have wanted to read this one too, shes a very unique author. Out of the Easy and Salt to the Sea 1w
Eggs @Crazeedi you will want to read her 1w
Crazeedi @Eggs I definitely want to read it too! Her writing is very different but good!! 6d
31 likes1 stack add6 comments
blurb
Theeclecticreader
post image

Reading this gem of a book. Love this author! I always learn something new from her. It‘s incredible that she finds different perspectives of history that aren‘t usually talked about or even taught in schools. I feel like a more well rounded person after delving into her stories. She makes you question what you do and do not know
#readingmatters

ImperfectCJ I have this one on my shelf; this post makes me even more enthusiastic about reading it! 1w
Theeclecticreader It‘s really good so far and I‘m not even a quarter of a way in! Have you read her other books? 1w
Jillylovesbooks This one is on my TBR list. I‘ve never read anything by this author, but I‘ve seen this title make some of the “best of” lists. 6d
See All 6 Comments
ImperfectCJ @Theeclecticreader I just saw this and realized that your comment might be addressed at me. I haven't read any of her other books, but I'm hearing really good things about her! 6d
Theeclecticreader @ImperfectCJ yes sorry! I forgot to tag you. She‘s a really great author so you can really start with anyone of her books 6d
Theeclecticreader @Jillylovesbooks I‘m not surprised! She‘s an amazing writer. All her books make the top of a lot of lists. I hope you enjoy it 6d
16 likes2 stack adds6 comments
blurb
CMCurtis77
post image

Checking out this new book vis my library card on my iPad

review
Melwilk
post image
Pickpick

This is yet another exceptional book by Ruta Sepetys. The setting of Spain following its civil war with Franco as its dictator is one of which I know little. The events discussed in this book are very shocking to read. Just like with her other books, Sepetys is able to place very serious content in a compelling story with believable characters. I love that she writes such smart books for young adult readers.

Daisey I‘ve really enjoyed her books that I‘ve read so far. I need to move this one up the TBR list. 2w
40 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
UnabridgedPod
post image

After a looong week, it's nice to have my feet up! Excellent Book + Snuggly Dog + Snuggly Blanket + Coffee (out of the shot!) = Perfect Saturday Morning. My husband is on his way back from Ireland, my boys are over the bug they had this week, my youngest and I had a fabulous field trip yesterday to historical Jamestown, and I'm looking forward to a long stretch of unscheduled time today. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod So far, Ruta Sepetys's The Fountains of Silence is excellent--I'm fascinated by her evocative descriptions of 1950s Spain, though I definitely have a sense of dread about where the story seems to be heading.⠀

What are you reading this weekend?
2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Would this be a good book for discussion? @TheBookHippie 2w
UnabridgedPod @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m only about a third of the way through, so I don‘t have a fully formed opinion...but at this point, I think it would. 😀 2w
22 likes5 comments
blurb
Jensol77
post image

I‘m so upset this book is over. The story of Ana and Daniel makes you so reminiscent of teen/YA life. Ana‘s story grips your heart. It‘s really hard for us to imagine a life so dominated by government. You can feel her longing to be free to speak, love, be. My favorite scene was the room service scene, I was just so happy to was able to experience a relationship if only for a few hours.
This is a MUST read ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

9 likes2 stack adds
blurb
Jensol77
post image

So hard to believe that “stealing babies” happened into the 1980s. I‘m glad she incorporated this into the story. So tragic and ruined so many lives. Unfortunately, I‘m sure not all children had the same fate as Christina.

quote
rjsthumbelina

“rowing dark waters of dead secrets“

blurb
Latrelwhite
post image

Started listening yesterday!💕 So far a lot of historical content.

10 likes1 stack add
review
FeatherV
This post contains spoilers
show me
post image
Pickpick

This book was amazing, I am literally holding back the tears as I finish this book, it‘s absolutely appalling that so many families were torn apart! This story is sweet and sad and pulls all the heartstrings

blurb
Jensol77
post image

I‘m really enjoying this book while I nurse this little one. She‘s an excellent writer. Not much historical fiction on Franco‘s Spain. It‘s such an interesting topic though.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Precious ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
6 likes1 comment
review
Nitpickyabouttrains
post image
Pickpick

I really liked the first bit of this book. Spain under Franco. I liked the mystery about orphans and missing babies. The second part, after the time jump, didn‘t work as well for me. It was a little too tidy.

24 likes1 stack add
blurb
Hollie
post image

Sophie says it‘s too cold and blustery out to do anything but snuggle up and read. #catsoflitsy

ravenlee Very wise. You should take her advice! 4w
Dragon 😻 4w
46 likes2 comments
blurb
Soubhiville
post image

Ruta Sepetys at #TXBookFest. She talked a lot about the research she does for her historical fiction.

She told a story of a co-bookclub reading of her book- a group of elementary school kids and a senior center. The school kids got bussed to the senior center to discuss the book. How cool is that?

AmyG That is so wonderful....for both groups. I love that. 4w
squirrelbrain That sounds like a great idea! 💡 4w
Lindy What a great book club! 4w
See All 7 Comments
Librariana I love the co-book club idea! How wonderful for the kiddos to have people to discuss their reading. 4w
Daisey She is one of my favorite current authors. It would be amazing to get to heard her speak! 4w
Hooked_on_books What a wonderful idea! Ive only read one of hers, but it was fantastic and I plan to read her again. 4w
Jee_HookedOnBookz So wanna read her book! ❤️ ❤️ 3w
64 likes2 stack adds7 comments
review
hes7
post image
Pickpick

Four more enjoyable books I‘ve finished so far this month.

+20 for non-theme reads

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon

blurb
TheBookHippie
post image

Finallllllllllly my #BOTM came YA edition 🙌🏻
My mail 🤬🤬🤬😡

quote
Hollie
post image

Hey @LauraBeth I just found your name in book and thought I‘d say hi! 👋🏻

Ashley_Nicoletto I love this. 🤣❤️ 1mo
LauraBeth 👋👋 oohh - I NEVER see my name in a book! “Interesting no longer interested her...” 😂 @Ashley_Nicoletto I‘m stacking this! 1mo
30 likes1 stack add3 comments
quote
LaraReads
post image

“We have only died if you forget us.”

I have loved every one of #rutasepetys previous books. I hope this #botm pick is no exception. 💛

Lovesbooks87 I loved this book. It was so good. Hope you enjoy it! 1mo
LaraReads @Lovesbooks87 Yay! Glad to hear it & I hope so too! 1mo
30 likes2 comments
blurb
Butterfinger
post image

What a day. I found out I won Dracula from @Librarybelle - thank you so much. And then I traveled to Greensboro with a wonderful friend from my book club to meet Ruta Sepetys. She was such a wonderful and inspiring person and she understood that empathy should be taught through history.

Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
27 likes1 comment
review
Lovesbooks87
post image
Pickpick

Ruta Sepetys does it again. She has written another book about a dark time in our world history that I didn't know about. I had no idea that between 1939 and the late 1980s that it is alleged that over 300,000 babies were stolen from their parents and sold into adoption in Spain. I can't imagine the heartbreak of these parents thinking their children were died. My only complaint is I wish the book was longer. I wanted to know more.

review
sharread
Pickpick

Historical, educational, riveting, thought-provoking.

The writing style flowed effortlessly, pulling me into the story with the descriptive realistic characters. The story primarily stems from the characters Daniel, and Ana, they have a sweet memorable romantic attachment. The other subplots pertain to bull fighting, and a religious adoption service. The plot weaves between the characters relationships with relevant historical details.

blurb
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
post image
Sace That blanket looks divine! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Sace I am so happy to know that!! The cover is go gorgeous!!
1mo
OriginalCyn620 Are you nice and warm now? 😂 1mo
See All 6 Comments
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 yes! I was, but now we are going to a haunted house!! 👻 I‘m being forced!! 1mo
lele1432 That looks comfy! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @lele1432 it is and I love purple 💜 1mo
94 likes6 comments
blurb
Lovesbooks87
post image

Still trying to get used to these cooler mornings and so is Brillo. We are both wrapped up in blankets. I am taking advantage of some reading time before running my errands this morning!

AmyG He looks so cozy.❤️ 1mo
TheSpineView Nothing like a midmorning nap!❤🐾 1mo
Lovesbooks87 @AmyG he was. He wasn't happy when I made him get up! 1mo
51 likes3 comments
blurb
Jensol77
post image

🍂🍁📖📚

blurb
hes7
post image
kamoorephoto I finally frigging got my #BOTM book today...and one of the inside cover pages is ripped. Should I contact them? Anyone? @swishandflick @felinesandfiction what do you think? 1mo
hes7 @kamoorephoto I would say something, if it‘s going to be something that bothers you. It never hurts to ask, right? I think I‘ve seen other Littens get good responses when they had a complaint about the physical quality of a book. 1mo
kamoorephoto @hes7 It just looks crappy 😔 1mo
76 likes3 comments
blurb
kspenmoll
post image

#bookmail #botm

Nothing like coming home from work to #bookmail

review
heidisreads
post image
Pickpick

I was absolutely captivated by this collision of secrets, history and love. The audiobook was unbeatable; an engaging narrator and news reports, journals, etc. narrated by others really added an extra touch. This is one of the only stories I've ever finished and immediately wanted to start reading again.

I received an ALC from Libro.Fm and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

20 likes1 stack add
blurb
ImperfectCJ
post image

I scored a giveaway copy of Ninth House at book club last night, so I celebrated by treating myself to The Fountains of Silence. Er, I mean I bought my daughter a copy of The Fountains of Silence. But I'm sure she'll share.

blurb
TheLudicReader
post image

Super excited to pick up this book tonight. Students love her novels and so do I.

19 likes1 stack add
blurb
lesliemarie
post image

#botm #bookmail
Ugh you guys I have been so busy and not reading as much but I am going to try to post more often and look at everyone else's posts!

review
JulieHartman419
post image
Pickpick

Wow! I've anxiously awaited the release of this book ALL YEAR and in typical Ruta fashion, it did not disappoint! The ending seemed abrupt to me, partly because I was expecting to read the closure of the story rather than just assume what happened, and partly because of the number of pages left which ended up being notes, etc. I loved every single sentence on every single page. I totally fell in love with these characters! Bravo, Ruta! Bravo! 👏👏

blurb
kstadt929
post image

It‘s here! It‘s here! #botm

blurb
aroc
post image

Night driving and night reading. #roadtrip #nookbook

blurb
heidisreads
post image

Grabbed this #audiobook from the #October #ALC list from Libro.fm 😍 SO SO GOOD

#historicalfiction #yalit #rutasepetys

19 likes1 stack add
blurb
Lovesbooks87
post image

I have had a rough couples of days. Can't stop thinking about something that someone said to me. So today I did some book buying therapy! Spending time shopping for books always makes me feel better! 💜📚💜📚💜📚

DaveGreen7777 Sorry you had a rough couple of days! 😢 Hope your weekend is much better to make up for it! 2mo
Tamra People 🙄 Book therapy helps! 2mo
CoffeeCatsBooks Sounds like you have the right idea, tuck into some good books! 2mo
See All 6 Comments
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you feel better soon ❤️❤️ 2mo
JoScho You are awesome! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope things are better!!! Don‘t let anyone get you down ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
47 likes6 comments
blurb
erinreads
post image

Sometimes my box shows up really fast! Going to try to get to both of these this month. 🤞🏻 #botm

Rachel_nyc I got the same two. Hopefully mine get here soon! 2mo
75 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
Between.The.Covers
post image

Cannot WAIT to stay this!

blurb
PetrozavaRR
post image

Day 5 #7Days7Covers #covercrush
Something new that i can't wait to read📚🤗

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This was my #BOTM choice! 2mo
13 likes1 comment
blurb
kstadt929
post image

This was my first time ordering through the #botm app! Easy peasy! It was a pretty simple choice for me this month, as I absolutely loved Salt to the Sea so I‘m hoping I can‘t put this one down either! I love Ruta Sepetys‘ ability to shine light on historical events that aren‘t well known ❤️

hermyknee I loved her books Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easy! 2mo
26 likes2 stack adds1 comment
blurb
BarbaraTheBibliophage
post image

Normally I‘d never pick a YA, but I loved her Salt to the Sea, and this sounds unique! #BOTM

EKonrad This was my pick too! I haven‘t read anything of hers yet, so I‘m excited for this one. 😊 2mo
82 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
Librarybelle
post image

#BOTM time, and I snagged these two. It looks like I‘m not the only one who went with these two choices!

mdm139 I got Fountains of Silence, I liked her other books 2mo
Librarybelle @mdm139 Salt to the Sea is on my to read list! 2mo
Gezemice I am curious of the water dancer - his first novel 2mo
See All 10 Comments
Laughterhp Have you read anything else by this author? I‘ve never read her before and I‘m interested in making this book my pick, but don‘t like that it‘s classified by YA.. 2mo
Librarybelle @Laughterhp I have not, though Salt To the Sea, also by her, is really high on my tbr list. That‘s also classed as a YA, yet I know more adults than teens who have read it and loved it. I‘ve also heard you need a tissue while reading her books. 2mo
mdm139 @Laughterhp I love her other books. Even though it is YA it doesn‘t feel YA. Her books are very touching stories about teenagers during wars. 2mo
Laughterhp @mdm139 okay that‘s definitely good to know! @Librarybelle I‘ll make sure to have tissues then! 😊 2mo
Rachel_nyc Great minds...I‘m excited to read both of these! 2mo
Librarybelle @Rachel_nyc ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
68 likes10 comments
blurb
Hollie
post image

I came home from a crazy day at work to find that the BOTM choices were posted. This month was an easy choice for me. #botm

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We are definitely book sisters 💗 2mo
Hollie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks yep! 😘 (edited) 2mo
43 likes2 stack adds2 comments
blurb
Sace
post image

Wow! That was fast!

My daughter and I play "what will the other one pick?" every time the BOTM books come out. She guessed what I picked immediately. ?

blurb
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
post image

I was actually going to skip this month, but then I get this! So what do I choose?! What are you guys getting????

#BotmBuddyRead

Andrew65 Their marketing strategy worked. 😂 2mo
KatieDid927 I was going to skip last month and they did this to me then. Darn them and their free books! 2mo
TaciturnWhenReading Exact same thing happened to me this month! 2mo
See All 25 Comments
BookwormAHN I had that issue in August. 2mo
AmyG I‘m getting the Coates book. Hoping I get a free one, too. 2mo
LiteraryinLititz I‘m not a BOTM member but I‘m super excited about the new Kevin Wilson book. So that‘s the one I‘d choose! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 hahaha!! 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @KatieDid927 exactly!!! 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TaciturnWhenReading they‘ve got us all!!! 🤣🤣 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BookwormAHN they knew I was going to skip 🤣🤣 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG you should!!! 🥳🥳 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LiteraryinLititz I‘ll look at that one!! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Silly question. Does this happen on your actual birthday or your anniversary of joining?? 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage this is my birthday month so I‘m guessing Birthday... I can‘t remember when I joined 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2mo
Laughterhp How does BOTM know your birthday? I can‘t find the spot and it‘s my birthday month too and I didn‘t get that notification 😂😂 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Laughterhp It‘s my birthday month also. No recollection of telling them my bday, but I‘d sure love a free book to celebrate. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Laughterhp I wonder if you have to already have BFF status to get this. I‘ve belonged on and off for decades, but just rejoined six months ago. 2mo
Laughterhp @BarbaraTheBibliophage That‘s what I was thinking too. I just joined back up about 6 months ago as well and haven‘t reached that status. I still don‘t remember telling them my bday though! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Laughterhp I have no idea!! 🤣🤷🏼‍♀️ I don‘t remember entering it anywhere... 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Enjoy the extra book!! 🎉🎉 2mo
AmyG I did! And used my credit. 🙌🏻 2mo
Hooked_on_books In my bday month, I didn‘t like any of the choices, so I contacted them to ask if the credit could be rolled over and they did! But don‘t spread it around. 🤫😬 2mo
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Laughterhp It‘s a BFF thing, so when you get to 12 months, you‘ll start getting your loot. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG yay!!! 🥳🙌🏻📚 2mo
86 likes25 comments