Finding Hope In A Time Of Fear

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Ruta Sepetys' "Fountains of Silence" seems a deft and probing examination of Franco's Spain, with an interesting mix of going back and forth between four different figures, both foreign and domestic. Franco, unlike others authoritarian such as Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, etc, has not had as much material out there on him, making this a very interesting way at understanding just how brutal Franco's dictatorship was, while also incorporating fictitious elements that help add to the tension that seemed already prevalent in Spain at this time. The best kind of historical fiction is one that seems as if it was torn from the textbook, and so far this definitely has all the earmarks of that! Would be very interesting to get to read the rest and find out how all these characters will interact with each other, if at all. Definitely something that catches your attention right away!