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The Four Winds
A Novel
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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...
#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...
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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.
    A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press
    "Julia Whelan is herself a master storyteller because it's absolute magic how she brings this novel to life for listeners. Her emotional rendering will bring tears and laughter and she portrays every character perfectly, men women and children...Have the tissues close when you put those earbuds in." — Reading Franzy

    "With forceful narrative drive, Whelan delivers a compelling performance of Hannah's memorable new novel." — AudioFile Magazine

About the Author-

  • KRISTIN HANNAH is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including The Nightingale, The Great Alone, and The Four Winds. A former lawyer turned writer, she lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from November 9, 2020
    Hannah (The Great Alone) brings Dust Bowl migration to life in this riveting story of love, courage, and sacrifice. In 1934 Texas, after four years of drought, the Martinelli farm is no longer thriving, but Elsa is attached to the land and her in-laws, and she works tirelessly and cares for her children, 12-year-old Loreda and seven-year-old Anthony. Her husband, Rafe, has become distant and something of a hard drinker, and after he abandons them, Elsa reluctantly leaves with her children for California with the promise of steady work. Her dreams of a better future are interrupted by the discrimination they face in the unwelcoming town of Welty, where they are forced to live in a migrant camp and work for extremely low wages picking cotton. When Elsa’s meager wages are further reduced and she has the opportunity to join striking workers, she must decide whether to face the dangers of standing up for herself and her fellow workers. Hannah combines gritty realism with emotionally rich characters and lyrical prose that rings brightly and true from the first line (“Hope is a coin I carry: an American penny, given to me by a man I came to love”). In Elsa, a woman who fiercely defends her principles and those she loves, Hannah brilliantly revives the ghost of Tom Joad.

  • AudioFile Magazine Narrator Julia Whelan brings vivid characterizations to Kristin Hannah's bestselling saga about the 1930s Dust Bowl, as told from a woman's perspective. Elsa Wolcott is tall, gangly, unloved by her family, and trapped in a spinster's life in a Texas Panhandle town when an encounter with handsome Rafe Martinelli leads to a shotgun wedding. Life on the Martinelli farm offers unexpected contentment until the Depression, drought, and wind decimate the land and the people. Should the indomitable Elsa and her family flee their parched home? Elsa's Texas grit is audible in her flattened tone and subtle twang. Her teenage daughter's impatience and other characters' vocal rhythms are equally convincing. With forceful narrative drive, Whelan delivers a compelling performance of Hannah's memorable new novel. A.C.S. � AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine

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