DMA Arts & Letters Live: Ruta Sepetys
The Fountains of Silence by master storyteller Ruta Sepetys is an epic, heart-wrenching story about identity, unforgettable love, repercussions of war, and the hidden violence of silence, inspired by the true postwar struggles of Spain.
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 Dallas high-society teen 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 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, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.
Sepetys is an internationally acclaimed author of historical fiction. Her novel Between Shades of Gray was adapted into the film Ashes in the Snow, and Salt to the Sea was praised by the Wall Street Journal as “superlative” and “masterly crafted.” Winner of the Carnegie Medal, Sepetys is passionate about the power of history and literature to foster global awareness and connectivity. She has presented to NATO, to the European Parliament, in the United States Capitol, and at embassies worldwide.