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About The Four Winds
One of "2021's Most Highly Anticipated New Books"—Newsweek
One of "27 of 2021's Most Anticipated Historical Fiction Novels That Will Sweep You Away"—Oprah Magazine
One of "The Most Anticipated Books of Winter 2021"—Parade
One of the "Books Everyone Will Talk About in 2021"—PopSugar
One of "The 57 Most Anticipated Books Of 2021"—Elle
One of "32 Great Books To Start Off Your New Year"—Refinery29
One of "25 of the Best Books Arriving in 2021"—BookBub
One of "The 21 Best Books of 2021 for Working Moms"—Working Mother
One of "The Most Anticipated Winter Books That Will Keep You Cozy All Season Long"—Stylecaster
One of the "Most Anticipated Books of 2021"—Frolic
"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 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.
This novel took forever to read. It could’ve been condensed by 2/3. Full of suffering and plight.
For those of us who had parents and grandparents who lived through the depression, this book is a touching tribute to those warriors.
This was a disappointing read. Her other books are so good, this one drug on and on and never seems to get anywhere .
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.
Loved this book. Beautifully written.
Awful to think what we have been through at the hands of one another.
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.
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!
The book started slow but then it became impossible to put it down. I’ve read 90% of Kristin Hannah’s book she is one of my very favorite authors. This one is the best of them all and describes the very hard times of the Great Depression in a very vivid way. It’s like the author really lived it herself. Thank you Kristin Hannah for another gem. It always takes me so long to find another book after such a chef d’œuvre
Communism has arrived worldwide. I’d like to rewind way back before Bozos the clown supposedly started a bookstore in his garage (nonsense). True authors are in old leather bound books now.
I loved the book and all of the history that was put into it. The accuracy of the book and the times that were hard for many’s is amazing
Hannah moves me to tears in this breathtakingly beautiful novel. Feeling the hardship and struggle of this time poignantly through the eyes of a mother-daughter relationship and drawing the courage to face our own unthinkable present, this novel is worth the read. Can’t wait to see where you transport us to next!
Loved this book. Have loved all her books. Story of bravery and strength, and most of all...a mother’s love for her children!
I didn’t want this one to end!
This book was great, and the author was amazing to mix her fiction with stories that occurred during that time. Very disturbing what those people went through. But they were American people who stood up and kept fighting for survival.
I haven’t loved a book like this in a long while. I cried... and still I was so sad when it ended. Really good read!
It wasn’t the typical love story. One of the best books I have read! Thank you
It’s a great book well written. I found it interesting and gave insight into into 1930s America , the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.
This book pulls you in and depicts the challenges of our country in a way only Kristin Hannah can!
I have not read a book in at least two years. I have been wanting to read and am so glad I picked this book. I could not put it down. Wonderfully written with so many lessons to take from these well written characters. I don’t know much about this author but I can’t wait to read more of her books.
I have read two of Kristin Hannah’s previous books and found her to be an extremely gifted writer. The Four Winds is also well written but a very depressing read until the end. Although I don’t know for certain, I suspect it is agenda driven since there are unmistakable parallels between the characters and illegal immigrants in this country today whom I suspect she supports strongly. Most disturbing is her apparent disdain for a capitalist economic system and embrace of Communism brought to life through some of her characters. As an obvious student of history, she is surely aware of the millions of people who have been oppressed and died under Communist regimes.
Another astonishing work by Kristen Hannah. Every woman faced with diversity should learn that strength and endurance can impact families lives. We can all become warriors with compassion and grit. Barbara
Loved the story. You can envision the suffering, and feel the love Elsa had. KH never lets the reader down, thank you.
Can I leave zero stars? I have read Hannah’s last three books. The Four Winds started out strongly, and then quickly devolved into communist/socialist drivel with no aim or point. Just like The Great Alone, this book starts with a very strong premise, but the middle and end are rushed; and do not provide the necessary emotional reward to the emotional investment that the beginning requires.
Kristen Hannah never fails! This is a must-read! I literally finished the book and said “no!” because I wasn’t ready for the story to end... Shes an amazing author - her descriptions of time and place truly bring her tales to life. A great story!
I had no idea this happened in this era. To say that I was surprised would be a lie, but I am deeply saddened at these events and how cruel people can be. I love Kristin Hannah‘s books, and this is just one more to add to my list of favorite reads.
Excellent story! I was transported to the farm and the fields. I lived life as “an Okie” through Elsa, Jean and Loreda. The ending was a bit disappointing.
While the underlying story was interesting, the character development was wanting. The constant description of Elsa’s lack of self worth was beyond tiresome. I have read several of the author’s earlier books. This one simply was not to the same standard.
The details in the book make you feel like you’re there. So much history and hardship in this book.
Found this to be a flat read. Other authors have done much better with the subject matter.
So emotional and empowering. Everyone should read this book!
I love her other books, but couldn’t finish this boring book. Blah blah blah for pages and pages
It is so important to read about how strong the human spirit is. It reminds and encourages us that we too, can be strong in the face of adversity. 2020 was horrible year for so many Americans, and it isn’t over.
I’m very tired but I couldn’t stop to read it. It reminded me the time I came to America and made me think about today , the virus time. I loved the way the book is written , touching my heart . I have to admit I cried. In the straggle of women I sow myself. Well done! Thanks
As always, an incredible read! The history is brought to life and the story engulfs your soul. My grandparents told very few stories of their time on the plains during the Dust Storms or of the Great Depression. They didn’t complain they just fought through. This book brought life to their struggle and the struggle of so many. Bravo!
Powerful and beautifully written. I couldn’t put it down.
This book is so depressing. With each page i was hoping for something good, something better and it never comes. I went to bed crying each night reading this story. In the midst of a pandemic, it is probably not the best read. Next year it may be better.
She has surpassed my favorite, The Great Alone. The Great Depression is a subject I have been always drawn to as my grandparents survived it, and I have been eagerly awaiting this book. I read it in 24 hours, and was not disappointed. Ms. Hannah’s writing never leaves you hanging. Each character is skillfully drawn and becomes necessary into the fabric of the story. It is so relevant into this past year anyone can relate to the determination of Elsa and her children looking into bleak and uncertain tomorrow. Thank you!
The novel is written well, but...’the shelve life’ of the book could’ve ended 100 pages earlier from where it did finally end. It’s no Grapes of Wrath although much of the storyline follows the same paths of Tom Joad, only this time from the eyes of a single mother and her daughter primarily. Admit-fully, I enjoyed it until the last hundred pages or so.
I adore Kristin Hannah’s books. I have read almost all of them and have been counting down the days until this was released. Although, I read it quickly, I didn’t enjoy it as much as her others. It seemed a bit redundant and slow. Still well written, it just wasn’t what I was expecting. Be prepared for a bit of monotony and redundancy through some of the chapters.
Ok story. But feel,like I’ve read it before.
Very well written. I laughed, cried, and was lead into deep thought. As someone whose grandfather was part of the Greatest Generation, this was beautiful to read. The ending is good, not expected, and thought out well. Worth the read.
This book is filled with emotions; sadness, anger love and fear. I had to walk away from this story several times, but I always came back. Set in the 1930’s in Texas it gives a look at life in the Great Depression, and the Dust Bowl. When families felt the only way to live was go west, only to find more poverty, starvation and even less chance of survival. All these people wanted to do was work to protect their families. Elsa Martinelli is a symbol of all the amazing work women did in that heartbreaking time. She loved her children more than anything, and after her husband just walks away from them, she knows she has to be strong. When things went wrong, her only thought was to take her children home to Texas and their loving grandparents and the farm they were raised on. I cried...a lot. But I am thankful for the opportunity to read this powerful American story.