K. L. Wheeler

Rūta Šepetys: the writer who awakened the past

A woman who has related to the world the painful story of Lithuanians in exile, as told by a teenage girl. The writer Rūta Šepetys, who lives in the USA, could never have guessed how much interest readers worldwide would show in her novel about a 15-year-old girl exiled to Siberia. The book, Tarp Pilkų Debesų (Between Shades of Gray), is intended for children and adolescents, but is also enjoyed by many adults. It was published in more than 50 countries, translated into 40 languages, made it onto the bestseller list of “The New York Times” and won prestigious awards in the UK, France, Italy and other countries. In the autumn of 2018, a screen version of Tarp Pilkų Debesų bearing the same name will appear in Lithuanian movie theatres. small role in the film was reserved for the author herself.

“Rūta Šepetys has an amazing ability to construct every character as if they were an exceptional and persuasive part of the story. It is simply fantastic to be able to discern, notice and read these distinctive stories.” The Guardian 

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Scene from a film „Tarp pilkų debesų“ (Between Shades of Gray)