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 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 decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.
This book. Wow. That’s all I can say. Fountains of Silence was my introduction to Ruta Septys as an author and I don’t think I will ever look at Historical books the same way again. Everything about it was beautiful and heartwrenching. It exposes some of the darkest parts of our world history in a way that makes you feel like you’re living it with the characters.
When Random House contacted me and gave me the option to create original content with this book in mind, I was immediately drawn to the idea of a playlist. Music is another passion of mine and the 1950’s has some incredible music to choose from. I originally expected this playlist to have only older songs, but the more I listened, the more I realized that there were songs in some of my more current playlists that gave me Fountains of Silence feels.
So here you go! This playlist is a bit eclectic but all of these songs make me think of this newest stunning historical by Ruta Septys.
- It’s Easy to Remember by Bing Crosby This song hits me in the feels every single time I hear it, and the romance in this stunning book put Bing Crosby’s smooth voice in my head all over again.
- When Am I Gonna Lose You by Local Natives This is a more recent song that I couldn’t get out of my head while reading Fountains of Silence. Something about it just fits the book to me.
- Achilles Come Down by Gang of Youths This is a stunning song that builds and falls in the best ways possible, much like Fountains of Silence did for me.
- Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by The Platters I don’t have words for how much I love this song. Just listen to it and you’ll understand.
- I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Frank Sinatra How could I possibly write a playlist with 50’s music without including some Sinatra? This is a personal favorite of mine and makes me think of strolling through the hotel from Fountains of Silence.