The Four Winds

The Four Winds

A Novel

Book - 2021
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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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©2021.
ISBN: 9781250178602
Characteristics: 454 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: 4 winds


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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

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.

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.⠀

Apr 26, 2021

I wish I would have read the comments before I picked up this book. Two chapters in and I was ready to kill myself. And that was BEFORE the Dust Bowl and the Depression. I have read other books by this author so was looking forward to it but No Thank You.

Apr 25, 2021

Extremely depressing book. If I could have stopped and put it down, I would have. I kept thinking it would get better. It doesn’t. Very disappointed after being on wait list for months. Author has a notation about Covid in book, I believe it has affected her outlook.

Apr 18, 2021

Well written, but so, so depressing. After getting about halfway through it, I flipped to the last chapters and it got more depressing -- didn't think it possible. Don't know if Covid-19 has had an effect or not. Very disappointed.

Apr 17, 2021

Another accomplishment from this brilliant author : well researched , there is so much to discover and learn about the Dust Bowl history , well written with incredible descriptions of the drought and dust storms. The characters are well developed and complex : the main protagonist is a strong and vulnerable woman at the same time for example.
The audio version is remarkable , Julia Whelan is so talented , she makes the book so vivid , you can totally visualize the scenes in your mind.
I read the other comments and agree that the author is heavy on the miserabilist side of the story , however I believe it was necessary to insist on the fact that we shouln' t taking ANY little little thing for granted . We unfortunately have it already discovered somehow in the last year and a half , seems history repeats itself.

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