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The Four Winds

The Four Winds

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A Depression-era woman confronts a wrenching choice between fighting for the Dust Bowl-ravaged land she loves in Texas or pursuing an uncertain future in California. By the best-selling author of The Nightingale. 1.5 million first printing. Illustrations.

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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.



Publisher: St Martins Press,, 2021
ISBN: 9781250178626
1250178622
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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OIPgayle
May 15, 2021

I thought the writing was flat. I could skim and read about one sentence per ten pages and follow the story.

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Jinxy1954
May 11, 2021

looking for a good story which this is not too political what a disappointment

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Einer2
May 08, 2021

I found all the low ratings and comments about how depressing this book is to be somewhat amazing. If it had a fairy tale ending (oh but it did-will not spoil it but trust me) it would have not portrayed the plight of so many Americans during this dark period in history truthfully. Kristin Hannah is a gifted writer and I have loved all of her work that I have read.

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Sheila1975
May 08, 2021

a really fantastic book-contains lots of emotion, struggles and tribulations, outlined in the theme of the book of the Great Depression times. It kept me reading non stop, as all of her books do. Wonderful language and description used, and the book brings to light the unfairness of others towards others who are people also, involved in hard times due to no fault of their own. A must read for sure!!!

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LisaMoore1985
May 04, 2021

"The Four Winds have blown us here, people from all across the country, to the very edge of this great land, and now at last, we make our stand, fight for what we know to be right. We fight for our American dream, that it will be possible again."

Kristin Hannah had done another wonderful job at storytelling with her novel, The Four Winds. This woman can cut to the soul of me and make me weep so hard. This novel is so rich in storytelling, characters, dreams, hopes, and despair. Kristin does such a fantastic job of making them more than characters, they are the backbone of our ancestors. Ancestors that came here with hopes and dreams. Not just dreams, but the American dream. But at the core of this novel, it is about a mother and her unconditional love for her family. As a mother myself, I can't begin to imagine the sacrifice that Elsa went through. I was literally wiping my tears at the last 20 pages. This novel is not only a great representation of the rich history America had gone through, but it is an accurate representation of courage, strength, and the power of a families love

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LucyBo
May 02, 2021

Really disappointed with this book, since I liked another of hers. Turns out this book is not about relationships, not how a marriage falls apart or how a person can build a life. It devolves into a book-long political lecture.
Woman badly mistreated by her family because she is not as pretty. She falls in love with the first man who gives her attention. ( she forgot how babies are made) No real explanation why he did not extend any effort at all to build a life.
Not much good description of the dust bowl, the 1930's depression or how people coped.
Just a lecture telling us that the only way to solve problems is to revolt, fight and demand socialism
I am so tired of the of ALL the media reviewers heaping praise on only the books with a certain political agenda. This book was plain boring. The main character was not likable in the least.
Books are now recommended for political reasons, ignoring story plot or characters.

Hillsboro_ElizabethH Apr 29, 2021

I'm going to come right out and say it - yes, this novel was depressing, and I cried at the end. But, knowing that it was set in during the Dust Bowl, the depression, and other hard times, it kind of has to be depressing. Plus, it gives one a real taste of what it must have been like for those poor souls that lived through it. The drought, the dust, the depression, where you took any job you could get, and still survived on grit alone.

Hazelnut Apr 29, 2021

I was skeptical that this would be a good book simply because The Nightingale and The Great Alone were so good and I just didn't think Kristin Hannah or any author could come up with a third winner. But she did! She brought to life the incredible story of a family desperate to survive in cruel times brought on by both nature and heartless, inhumane people. The Dust Bowl era was one of unrelenting drought that left farmers helpless. Often drawing parallels to the cruelty in slavery and Nazi Germany it can be heart wrenching what these people had to endure.
Elsa is a fierce woman and the ultimate mother who never gives up, sacrificing everything for her son and daughter.

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wendyhiestand
Apr 26, 2021

enjoyed this book until it got political half way thru. with everything going on reading a kristin hannah book was the last place i thought politics would be involved and was really wanting to read a novel to get away from that kind of crap. tired of celebrities and sports ruining entertainment with their political opinions. this will probably be the last book of hers that i read, not a fan anymore!!!

ArapahoeJulia Apr 26, 2021

Well, Kristin Hannah did it again. She tore my heart out and made me fall in love with her characters during yet another devastating moment in history. The reviews are accurate when they say this book is depressing. You definitely have to be prepared/in the mood for a difficult read. For me, even though this read was painful, I loved it for how impactful it was in its eye-opening honesty. I always finish her books wondering how I can be a better person.⠀

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