Friday Reads: The Fountains of Silence

Friday Reads

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Reads! Today I am sharing a few quotes from The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys. If you enjoy historical fiction, this is one book not to be missed.

Book Beginnings is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where participants share quotes (the first sentence, or so) of the book, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, and the rules are quite simple: Grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader. Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.


Friday Reads: The Fountains of SilenceTitle: The Fountains of Silence
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: October 1, 2019

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 a Texas 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 post-war struggles of Spain.

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Book Beginning

They stand in line for blood.

June’s early sun blooms across a string of women waiting patiently at el matadeo. Fans snap open and flutter, replying to Madrid’s warmth and the scent of open flesh wafting from the slaughterhouse.

Friday 56

She quickly makes way for the guest, stepping back so far that she’s brushing against Daniel. In the mirrored walls of the elevator, Daniel sees multiple angles of Ana. He lifts his camera and takes a picture.


I have had such a hard time setting this book down! The Spanish Civil War is not something that I am very familiar with. Sepetys really crafts a beautiful story that informs and entertains.

About Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author and Winner of the Carnegie Medal.
Ruta Sepetys was born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. The daughter of a refugee, Ruta is drawn to underrepresented stories of strength through struggle and hopes to give voice to those who weren't able to tell their story. Her award-winning historical novels are published in over fifty countries and have received over forty literary prizes.

26 thoughts on “Friday Reads: The Fountains of Silence

  1. Lark says:

    I do like the way Sepetys writes! And I love well-written historical fiction. Especially when it’s about a time or place that I don’t know much about. 🙂

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