The Four Winds - Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds - Kristin Hannah

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date : 2021-02-02
  • Genre : Fiction & Literature
  • File Size : 4.17 MB
Score: 4.5
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#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

  • Outstanding

    5
    By Queenofbigtime
    I have always been a warrior. Well, a survivor is the word that I used. I will change and use warrior now. This book is inspiring. The book also brings back memories of the times that I “fought” with my mother. I am so grateful for the time that I had with her to to talk, heal and love. She is with me everyday. Warrior.
  • The strength of a mother

    5
    By savy1959
    Beautifully written. Elsa’s pain, loss, strength, and courage are palpable to the reader. She defines the very essence of motherhood. This is a page-turner, simply could not put this book down.
  • Tedious and slow.

    2
    By Playingforfunshouldbe
    This novel took forever to read. It could’ve been condensed by 2/3. Full of suffering and plight.
  • A Touching Tribute

    4
    By joematthews29
    For those of us who had parents and grandparents who lived through the depression, this book is a touching tribute to those warriors.
  • Unlike her other books

    2
    By JA9010
    This was a disappointing read. Her other books are so good, this one drug on and on and never seems to get anywhere .
  • Couldn’t put it down

    5
    By WinefortheLC
    Had me from the start. The beginning was a bit slow but finally progressed. The obstacles of the time made me realize some perspectives I have not thought about. Historical portion was well done. So sad at the end.
  • Terrific

    5
    By Grandna Karen
    Loved this book. Beautifully written.
  • So thoughtful and thought provoking.

    5
    By Awake Annie
    Awful to think what we have been through at the hands of one another.
  • Very depressing and disappointing

    1
    By cawatergirl
    It was not at all what I’m used to reading from her. The story dragged, very slow and depressing. There was nothing good or happy about this book.
  • Excellent

    5
    By Bruinswin11
    Some of you reviewers need a history lesson. Grapes of wrath anyone?! Although this book is not based on a true story it is based on true events from American history. I love all of her books, and I was starting to drift on this book but stuck it out and before I knew it I was lost in it. I found myself doing anything I could to get to bed early to read, listen in my car or on my headphones at work when I was supposed to be watching training videos 😂. I spent a good part of this book angry at how the citizens of California treated their fellow Americans & in real life it never really got better for them. It was shocking but Kristen Hannah found a way to spin truth with story and form an excellent story that could serve as a wake up call to how we judge and treat each other these days!

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