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The Fountains of Silence

by Ruta Sepetys

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The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
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    Oct 2019, 512 pages
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    Sep 2020, 512 pages

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A teenage aspiring photographer visits Madrid in 1957 and discovers the complex issues facing its citizens after the Spanish Civil War.

The Spanish Civil War and its aftermath was a complicated period in history. The issues each side stood for, the divisions they caused in families, and the silence that shrouded atrocities for decades afterward are not easily explained or understood. In Fountains of Silence, Ruta Sepetys, known for her character-driven historical fiction for young adults, tells the intertwining stories of several teens affected by the turmoil in different ways.

At the center of the novel is a romance between Daniel, an 18-year-old American visiting Madrid with his half-Spanish family in 1957, and Ana, who works in the swank hotel where they are staying. Through Ana, Daniel begins to see behind the carefully crafted facade of peace and normalcy Franco's government projects to tourists, and the continuing conflict between families on both sides of a Civil War that is supposedly long over. Daniel is a ...

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