“It’s easy to be fearless when you have nothing to lose.”
Ruta Sepetys has written another novel that sinks into you and won’t let go. This time the backdrop is Spain in the 1950s, after Francisco Franco has become dictator. The story weaves together the lives of some young Americans with some young Spaniards, and, as always, there are many lessons to be learned.
Sepetys has a skill like no one I have read before for finding and bringing light to obscure, hidden stories. And this is one of them. I don’t know a lot about the history of Spain, so getting glimpses through this was eye opening. And it makes me want to delve deeper into what life for these people was like.
“Silence has a voice of its own.”
How many stories are hidden because people are too afraid to speak? This story was fascinating, heartbreaking, and enlightening. As always, Sepetys has given me many things to consider and a lot of history to explore.
This story might be fiction, but it’s based on true events, which makes it come to life that much more. Everything that these characters felt has been felt by someone and now it’s being shared.
Read this story. Enjoy this story. And most of all, share this. When those who lived this are gone, how are we going to remember? We have to learn now, while we have a chance.