Ruta Sepetys is the author of acclaimed YA novel, Between Shades of Gray. Born and raised in Michigan in a family of Lithuanian descent, Ruta now lives with her husband in Tennessee. Ruta was a highly successful promoter of classical music concerts, booking and touring with orchestras worldwide, before turning to writing full-time. In 2015 Ruta has been awarded The Rockefeller Foundation's prestigious Bellagio Center writing residency, where she will interact with other leading international artists, writers and thinkers.
Ruta Sepetys is the finest writer of historical fiction working today. * The Wall Street Journal * [A] towering work of historical insight. * Entertainment Weekly * A stunning novel that exposes modern fascism and elevates human resilience. * Kirkus * Captivating, deft, and illuminating historical fiction. * Booklist * Spain under Francisco Franco is as dystopian a setting as Margaret Atwood's Gilead in Ruta Sepetys's suspenseful, romantic and timely new work of historical fiction. * The New York Times Book Review * An exemplary work of historical fiction. * The Horn Book * Gripping. * Publisher's Weekly *