The Four Winds - Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2021-02-02
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
The Four Winds book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 5,267 Ratings)

The Four Winds Kristin Hannah Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

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"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.

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User reviews about this book

  • Wow

    5
    By DriDre12
    Beautiful and moving
  • Wonderful

    5
    By Ms. Wan
    Never knew about this chapter of American history. What a wonderful story of courage and perseverance!
  • Great story

    4
    By gerriesanjuan
    I could feel the grit in my eyes and wonder how they made it through even one day of those storms.
  • Fantastic

    5
    By kennnnnnnneth
    👏
  • 5/5

    5
    By CARLAYKTIU
    Kristen Hannah does it again. This is a must read! I highly recommend The Great Alone & The Nightingale also.
  • Excellent read for any mother

    5
    By alfnp
    The first book I have read in years. Soup for the soul and grounded in real hardships yet wrapped in love.
  • The four winds guide us

    5
    By winds of change or renewal
    The historical truths in this wonderful story about fortitude are timeless and fundamentally human. Elsa is each of us.
  • Heart-breaking yet inspiring

    5
    By drreader
    This is a true American tale of resilience through terrible times. As always, this author does not disappoint.
  • So disappointed

    1
    By S8p000
    I am half way through the book and could summarize what happened in three depressing pages. I feel like I need to read the book because I paid for it, but it is a chore and a drag. So disappointing, save the money & time and pick another.
  • Love, courage, and fmaily

    5
    By schmidthk
    An amazing book, filled with twists and turns. You will learn a great about the Depression and what it means to be a family.

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