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Title: The Fountains of Silence

Author: Ruta Sepetys

Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Call #: YA FIC Sepetys, R 2019

Formats: Book, Large Print, Playaway, Overdrive eBook, Overdrive Audiobook

Book Cover for Fountains of Silence

I talk about Ruta Sepetys's books a lot; according to my co-worker Samantha, too much. With that said, I am definitely going to be talking about her more if she keeps dropping these pieces of art! If you have never read any of Sepetys's books and you love historical fiction then, what are you waiting for? Sepetys intertwines history and the lives that it influences into a beautiful tapestry that the reader sees, feels, and experiences. Sepetys's books are also great starters for people who are interested in this specific genre.

The Fountains of Silence is my favorite of her books because of the way that Sepetys chooses to tie in history with her narrative. She accomplishes this by strategically placing something I call "plaques" within the books chapters. These plaques are taken from actual historical articles about the place and time period that she is writing about thus making her words and the characters more real and believable. As the story comes alive, the reader immediately feels a sense of nostalgia and longing for the people and places, you see. When the author is able to make you feel everything that is happening to the character as if it is happening to you, I say that is a mark of an amazing writer.

Pick up this book and jump in feet first. Do not hesitate to pick this beautiful and tragic love story about a world that is so much different from our own and yet, sweetly the same.

4 star raiting   I give this book 4.8 out of 5 stars.

You can find this book at your local branch or through Overdrive/Libby.



Bethann is co-host of KHCPL's podcast Off the Books with B&S. You can tune into their podcast on SoundCloud.