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The Four Winds - Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2021-02-02
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 4,677 Ratings

Description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
#1 USA TODAY BESTSELLER
#1 WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER
#1 INDIE BESTSELLER

"The Four Winds seems eerily prescient in 2021 . . . Its message is galvanizing and hopeful: We are a nation of scrappy survivors. We’ve been in dire straits before; we will be again. Hold your people close.”—The New York Times

"A spectacular tour de force that shines a spotlight on the indispensable but often overlooked role of Greatest Generation women."—People

"Through one woman’s survival during the harsh and haunting Dust Bowl, master storyteller, Kristin Hannah, reminds us that the human heart and our Earth are as tough, yet as fragile, as a change in the wind."
Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing

From the number-one bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes a powerful American epic about love and heroism and hope, set during the Great Depression, a time when the country was in crisis and at war with itself, when millions were out of work and even the land seemed to have turned against them.

My land tells its story if you listen. The story of our family.”

Texas, 1921. A time of abundance. The Great War is over, the bounty of the land is plentiful, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman’s only option, the future seems bleak. Until the night she meets Rafe Martinelli and decides to change the direction of her life. With her reputation in ruin, there is only one respectable choice: marriage to a man she barely knows.

By 1934, the world has changed; millions are out of work and drought has devastated the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as crops fail and water dries up and the earth cracks open. Dust storms roll relentlessly across the plains. Everything on the Martinelli farm is dying, including Elsa’s tenuous marriage; each day is a desperate battle against nature and a fight to keep her children alive.

In this uncertain and perilous time, Elsa—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or leave it behind and go west, to California, in search of a better life for her family.

The Four Winds is a rich, sweeping novel that stunningly brings to life the Great Depression and the people who lived through it—the harsh realities that divided us as a nation and the enduring battle between the haves and the have-nots. A testament to hope, resilience, and the strength of the human spirit to survive adversity, The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.

Reviews

  • Firefly lane

    5
    By Student5353736
    Loved it. Couldn’t put down. Read last 10 chapters in one night!!
  • Depressing Read

    3
    By Grateful524
    If you like to read for enjoyment and to escape this is not the book for you. While the book is well written. The main character in the story has almost every possible depressing thing happen to her that existed during the Great Depression. Including the ending. I kept reading because I thought it has to get better, but it really didn't. However it does show as a nation how far we have come to support low income workers. And while this year has been tough it's been nothing compared to the Great Depression.
  • A sad, sad book

    5
    By Mhhhggfdswnm,.....
    The book was well written, however it was the saddest book I ever read. I kept checking the number of pages left and was hoping for a happy moment. It never came. It was a sad time in history and a sad depiction.
  • One of the best books you will ever read. Savor each page. Reflect on the true message.

    5
    By Scottish Bella
    Incredible journey. Strength, spirit, courage, risk, love.
  • Love it!

    5
    By jacksmamma15
    I looked forward to reading it every night. I didn’t want the book to end. Enjoyed it very much!
  • Heart wrenching, inspiring, a lesson for today more than ever.

    5
    By cindyseemanmd
    Quite simply, the most empowering book I’ve ever read!
  • The Four Winds

    5
    By mbaouza
    I just finished this magnificent book. I learned so much about what happened during the “Dust Bowl” era. Coming from a very strong Union family I only wish I could have shared it with my late husband, who participated in many local strikes. This is my first reading by Kristin Hannah. I cannot wait to start another one of her books.
  • MLB

    5
    By oknoqmibkuo
    So I
  • So good!

    5
    By Reika123
    A great, easy read- makes you think about your blessings today. My hope for every reader is to find yourself in this story and do better!
  • The Four Winds

    5
    By mac2mal
    This was a book I could not put down. Very well written! Heart wrenching, spell binding, interesting, emotional! Everything in one beautiful story!

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