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Beyond Hemingway

Ruta Sepetys’ The Fountains of Silence uncovers the hidden history of Franco’s Spain

…away to prison. He and his sisters Ana and Julia — three of the many protagonists of Ruta Sepetys’ fourth young adult novel, The Fountains of Silence — managed to survive,…

Carrying Disaster on Their Backs

Ruta Sepetys’s new YA novel returns to the ravaged landscape—and people—of World War II

…by Russian troops under Stalin. In Salt to the Sea, Ruta Sepetys—Nashville-based author of the chillingly beautiful 2011 novel, Between Shades of Gray, about a Lithuanian family sent to a…

When Fury Meets Guilt

In her new YA novel, I Was Here, Gayle Forman explores the questions surrounding a teen suicide

In I Was Here, Gayle Forman continues her exploration of life and death, responsibility, courage, and love—all themes in her earlier YA novel If I Stay. I Was Here’s protagonist,…

Hollywood Bound

Ruta Sepetys and R.A. Dickey are headed to the movies

Ruta Sepetys’s bestselling and acclaimed 2011 young-adult novel, Between Shades of Gray, placed the Nashville author in a small group of writers who have received equal critical and commercial success….

A Nashville Cross of the Knight

YA novelist Ruta Sepetys has received a medal from the Lithuanian government for contributions to literature and education

July 12, 2013 Even before Between Shades of Gray hit shelves, it was obvious that Ruta Sepetys’s debut novel was about to take the literary world by storm. Earning four…