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The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
Historical fiction

The Fountains of Silence

The Fountains of Silence is also Marie Claire's book club pick this month!

by Ruta Sepetys

Quick take

Like a juicy history lesson. Unearth a hidden time in Spain full of hardship, family duty, and scandal.

Good to know

  • Romance

  • 400+ pages

  • Forbidden love

  • Teens

Why I love it

When I read, I want to be transported. To another place, to another time, to a world I never could have experienced on my own. In Ruta Sepetys’s latest, The Fountains of Silence, I was taken to a sepia-toned summer in 1950s Spain. The entire time I was reading (which wasn’t long, since I flew through the 475-page novel in three days), I felt as if I, too, were walking the cobblestoned streets of M...


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 th...


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