Here at BookPage, we’ve been talking about Ruta Sepetys’ novel Between Shades of Gray for weeks—and not just because Sepetys lives in Nashville and we have a soft spot for local authors.
Telling the story of the Baltic deportations during Stalin’s regime* through the eyes of a 15-year-old girl, this is truly one of the most harrowing historical novels I’ve ever read—and also a testament to human resilience. (Spoiler alert: There’s some romance, too.) I interviewed Sepetys for BookPage’s April print edition. You can read the interview on BookPage.com, and watch a preview in this video:
Between Shades of Gray is a teen novel, although I think even adults will be drawn into this suspenseful story. In fact, Sepetys told me at least one of her foreign publishers is marketing it as a book for adults.
Although our April issue probably won’t show up in your library or bookstore until next week, Between Shades of Gray goes on sale tomorrow. Enter to win your own autographed copy by leaving a note in the comments:
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*Didn’t know more than 300,000 people were forced to leave their homes in Lithuania and work on labor camps in Siberia and in the Arctic? You’re not alone. Sepetys believes this story has been lost in history, in large part because Lithuania only regained independence in 1991, and for 50 years the people who survived the camps had been used to maintaining their silence.
ETA: Congrats to Christy, this week’s winner! (Christy is a huge historical fiction lover and was eager to win this novel in honor of her birthday—which falls on April Fool’s Day!) Contest is now closed.