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 7,379 Ratings

Description

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

  • Well written…

    5
    By Sue 🙏
    At the beginning, it was a crush of a lonely young and inexperienced woman… then it wasn’t. The passing of time was key to this story as was the settings, the Dust Bowl and the cotton fields of the promised land, California. The story between mother and daughter, husband and wife, migrant and “boss”… so intertwined and perfectly done too. Highly recommend this novel.
  • Amazing

    5
    By NayNay 28
    Wooow the story is so compelling. I could not stop reading!
  • The Four Winds

    5
    By josiepq
    Wonderful book! As a mother, it described the love for my children perfectly.
  • Excellence!

    5
    By Simonsays2u
    This book sucked me in and held me captive from start to finish. It was truly an excellent look at life during the dust bowl and the power of love and grit to survive anything.
  • OMG , 53 year old male , best book ever!

    5
    By dpclark770
    An absolute must read! I read 30+ novels a year and never comment.
  • A must read….

    5
    By Kokopuff123
    A deep and heart felt reading of a past history and its courage of its people for then and now.
  • Grapes of Wrath Knockoff with Codependence

    1
    By BookMoney2021
    This book was just death and suffering, with a snotty teenaged daughter to boot. I was unable to empathize with a lead character who rebels suddenly and stupidly against her biological family “out of emotional desperation” only to get stuck with a drunk, a daughter she lets insult her at every turn, and oh, the Dust Bowl. Hundreds of pages of dirt, loss, and hopelessness. Finally I skipped to the last chapters just to end it.
  • PLEASE…

    1
    By Pic- one
    Please… spare me the boring writing, the pathetic description of food cooked during a depression, sounding like it’s from an Italian restaurant, and the on and on, description of dust. PLEASE. I can’t finish this book.
  • Beautiful

    5
    By ed 2346🤪
    I originally put off reading this book because I just knew I wouldn’t like it but I was so wrong. This book is amazing! I highly suggest it!
  • Would buy another book by this author!

    4
    By elmorjim
    Read one afternoon while traveling across the country. It was very captivating and an eye opener about that time in U.S. history. I was, however, not a fan of the ending.