Title: Fountains Of Silence
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Published: October, 2019
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction
Fountains of Silence is beautifully written, interesting and heartbreaking in a way. I have fallen in love with Ruta Sepetys writing through this book. I love how she formats her chapters and how she shares her characters’ stories.
Fountains of Silence is set in Madrid, Spain. The majority of the book takes place during the 1950s. I haven’t read any other books set in Spain during this time. It was really interesting to learn about a new, to me, place.
The main characters in Fountains of Silence are Ana, a teenage Spanish girl from a poor family, and Daniel, a wealthy American teenage boy with a Spanish mother. Ana works as a maid at the hotel where Daniel and his family are staying. Ana and Daniel are fascinated by each other. Ana endlessly curious about the United States and Daniel fascinated by the beautiful girl who lives in a world of secrets and silence.
Fountains of Silence also tells the stories of Ana’s brother and cousin, with pieces of her sister’s story as well. Rafa, Ana’s brother is a butcher and a grave digger. He hates General Franco for stealing his parents and so much more. Puri, Ana’s cousin, works with “orphans”. helping to take care of them before they are adopted. She follows her parents’ example and is a “good” and respectful young woman, except for when she asks questions.
One of the main focuses of this book is to tell the story of the hundreds of babies who were stolen from their parents while Spain was under General Franco’s dictatorship. The parents of these babies were told that there babies died. The babies were in fact very much alive and were sold to families who were loyal to General Franco. Fountains of Silence tells these babies’ and their parents’ stories.
I loved this book. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. I would say though that it is definitely an older YA book, so for older teenagers I guess.
Have you read any of Ruta Sepetys books? What you been reading lately? What are a couple books on your tbr list?