The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
From Kristin Hannah, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone, comes an epic novel of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America’s most defining eras—the Great Depression.
Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance.
In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. 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.
February 9th, 2021
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I am a huge fan of Kristin Hannah and was really excited to dive into her 2021 release. The story of Elsa, a woman, mother, wife, daughter, and friend, set during the depression in the middle of the dust bowl was an eye-opening look into a devastating time in American history.
As always with her books, I fell for the characters hard and found myself picking the book up whenever I could to find out what was going to happen to them. I am always amazed at Hannah’s ability to whisk me away into another time and place with such ease. You can tell an incredible amount of time and research went into creating this beautiful piece of writing.
While I definitely wouldn’t call this a light or uplifting read, I genuinely enjoyed the look at history, the character’s strength and resilience, and the chance to reflect on where our country is today. The timing of this book during the current pandemic is interesting as well- as humans, we have and we can do hard things.
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for a gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.
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