The fountains of silence : a novel /

by Sepetys, Ruta [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Philomel Books, [2019]Description: 495 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780399160318; 0399160310.Subject(s): Franco, Francisco, 1892-1975 -- Fiction | Spain -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile fiction | Dictatorship -- Fiction | Hotels -- Fiction | Photography -- Fiction | Secrecy -- Fiction | Americans -- Spain -- Fiction | Government, Resistance to -- Fiction | Young adult fiction | Spain -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction | Madrid (Spain) -- History -- Fiction | Franco, Francisco, 1892-1975 -- Fiction | Madrid (Spain) -- History -- Fiction | Spain -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction | Dictatorship -- Fiction | Hotels, motels, etc. -- Fiction | Photography -- Fiction | Secrets -- Fiction | Young adult fictionSummary: At the Castellana Hilton in 1957 Madrid, eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson connects with Ana Moreno through photography and fate as Daniel discovers the incredibly dark side of the city under Generalissimo Franco's rule.Summary: Madrid, 1957. Daniel Matheson, the son of a Texas oil tycoon, arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother's birth through the lens of his camera. He meets Ana Moreno, 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. -- adapted from jacket
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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. <br> <br> 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 promise 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 difficult decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> Includes vintage media reports, oral history commentary, photos, and more.<br> <br> Praise for The Fountains of Silence <br> <br> "Spain under Francisco Franco is as dystopian a setting as Margaret Atwood's Gilead in Ruta Sepetys's suspenseful, romantic and timely new work of historical fiction . . . Like [Shakespeare's family romances], 'The Fountains of Silence' speaks truth to power, persuading future rulers to avoid repeating the crimes of the past." -- The New York Times Book Review <br> <br> "Full of twists and revelations...an excellent story, and timely, too." -- The Wall Street Journal <br> <br> "A staggering tale of love, loss, and national shame." --Entertainment Weekly<br> <br> * "[Sepetys] tells a moving story made even more powerful by its placement in a lesser-known historical moment. Captivating, deft, and illuminating historical fiction." -- Booklist , *STARRED REVIEW* <br> <br> * "This gripping, often haunting historical novel offers a memorable portrait of fascist Spain." -- Publishers Weekly , *STARRED REVIEW*<br> <br> * "This richly woven historical fiction . . . will keep young adults as well as adults interested from the first page to the last." -- SLC , *STARRED REVIEW*<br> <br> * "Riveting . . . An exemplary work of historical fiction." -- The Horn Book , *STARRED REVIEW*

Includes bibliographical references (pages 479-487).

At the Castellana Hilton in 1957 Madrid, eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson connects with Ana Moreno through photography and fate as Daniel discovers the incredibly dark side of the city under Generalissimo Franco's rule.

Madrid, 1957. Daniel Matheson, the son of a Texas oil tycoon, arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother's birth through the lens of his camera. He meets Ana Moreno, 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. -- adapted from jacket

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">Chapter 1 They stand in line for blood. June's early sun blooms across a string of women waiting patiently at  el matadero . Fans snap open and flutter, replying to Madrid's warmth and the scent of open flesh wafting from the slaughterhouse. The blood will be used for  morcilla , blood sausage. It must be measured with care. Too much blood and the sausage is not firm. Too little and the sausage crumbles like dry earth. Rafael wipes the blade on his apron, his mind miles from  morcilla . He turns slowly from the line of customers and puts his face to the sky. In his mind it is Sunday. The hands of the clock touch six. It is time. The trumpet sounds and the march of the  pasodoble  rolls through the arena. Rafael steps onto the sand, into the sun. He is ready to meet Fear. In the center box of the bullring sits Spain's dictator, Generalísimo Francisco Franco. They call him  El Caudillo  -- leader of armies, hero by the grace of God. Franco looks down to the ring. Their eyes meet. You don't know me, Generalísimo, but I know you. I am Rafael Torres Moreno, and today, I am not afraid. "Rafa!" The supervisor swats the back of Rafael's damp neck. "Are you blind? There's a line. Stop daydreaming. The blood, Rafa. Give them their blood." Rafa nods, walking toward the patrons. His visions of the bullring quickly disappear. Give them their blood. Memories of war tap at his brain. The small, taunting voice returns, choking daydreams into nightmares.  You do remember, don't you, Rafa? He does. The silhouette is unmistakable. Patent-leather men with patent-leather souls. The Guardia Civil. He secretly calls them the Crows. They are servants of Generalísimo Franco and they have appeared on the street. "Please. Not here," whispers Rafael from his hiding spot beneath the trees. The wail of a toddler echoes above. He looks up and sees Julia at the open window, holding their youngest sister, Ana. Their father's voice booms from inside. "Julia, close the window! Lock the door and wait for your mother. Where is Rafa?" "Here, Papá," whispers Rafael, his small legs folded in hiding. "I'm right here." His father appears at the door. The Crows appear at the curb. The shot rings out. A flash explodes. Julia screams from above. Rafa's body freezes. No breath. No air. No. No. No. They drag his father's limp corpse by an arm. "¡Papá!" It's too late. As the cry leaves his throat, Rafa realizes. He's given himself away. A pair of eyes dart. "His boy's behind the tree. Grab him." Rafa blinks, blocking the painful memories, hiding his collapsed heart beneath a smile. " Buenos días, señora.  How may I help you?" he asks the customer. "Blood." "Sí, señora." Give them their blood. For more than twenty years, Spain has given blood. And sometimes Rafa wonders -- what is left to give? Excerpted from The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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Library Journal Review

In 1957, 18-year-old Daniel Matheson has accompanied his parents to Madrid from Dallas where his oil tycoon father is working on a deal with the dictator Francisco Franco. Daniel has a passion for photography and soon develops a passion for Ana, the hotel maid assigned to his family. But Ana has secrets of her own; her parents were executed as part of the revolutionary group trying to bring Franco down. Other subplots of a mysterious orphanage, disappearing babies, and an aspiring bullfighter weave into the storyline to paint a troubling picture of Spain under Franco's rule. The main narrator is Maite Jauregui, who has excellent Spanish prounciation and realistically portrays the Spanish characters. Richard Ferrone, Neil Hellegers, Joshua Kane, Liza Kaplan, and Oliver Wyman all perform throughout, narrating primary-source material such as newscasts, memos, telegrams, and oral history excerpts, adding context and depth to the story. The book jumps 18 years into the future at the end, revealing more secrets, and concludes with a note read very expressively by the author herself. Although the audio version naturally omits the pictures included in the print version, the narration immerses listeners into this atmospheric place and time, hopefully enticing them to pursue further research into this turbulent time in Spain's history. VERDICT Recommend this to historical fiction fans, romance fans, and fans of Sepetys's earlier works.--Julie Paladino, formerly with East Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, NC

Horn Book Review

Sepetyss riveting historical epic examines the enduring effects of the Spanish Civil War through the perspectives of four young people living under the shadow of Francos fascist dictatorship in 1957 Madrid. Ana and Rafael are siblings whose Republican educator parents were murdered for opposing Francos Nationalist party. Now, almost twenty years later, the family still struggles. Ana is a maid in an American-style hotel, while Rafael splits his time between working in a slaughterhouse and digging graves. They earn pennies even as Francos government grows rich off American tourism and oil industries. Their cousin Puri, a loyal fascist, is a caregiver at a Catholic orphanage, where she is increasingly disturbed by some troubling discoveries concerning the infants in her charge. Daniel, an aspiring American photojournalist whose mother is from Spain and father is a Texas oil baron, befriends Ana and Rafael and begins to question everything hes been told about Spain and its pretty faadeespecially after he and Ana fall in love. Through lively characters and short, swiftly paced chapters permeated with elements of mystery and suspense, Sepetys thoroughly and sensitively explores the vast social, economic, and political issues that plagued postwar Spain, including the selling of stolen Republican infants to Nationalist families. Excerpts from newspapers, government documents, and interviews from and about the time add another layer of veracity. Back matter includes an authors note, an extensive bibliography, information on sources, a glossary of Spanish words and phrases, and a photo gallery. An exemplary work of historical fiction. jennifer hubert swan September/October 2019 p.100(c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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