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The Four Winds

By Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah, A tale of one woman's courage during the Great Depression. The Four Winds is set to be released on February 9, 2021.


The Four Winds is 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.

Early Book Reviews

The Bibliofile’s Review of The Four Winds is coming soon. For now, here are some early reviews of The Four Winds:

“Kristin Hannah has completed yet another masterpiece. Set during the Great Depression, Elsa, a 25 year old spinster from a city in Texas is shamed and sent away from her family. She finds herself living with an Italian family on a farm before making the great trek to California in search of a better life for her family. The Four Winds is a beautiful story of resilience, fighting for what is right, and the power of a mother’s love for her children.

As always, Hannah writes with passion and love. There is fierceness to the main characters in her books that is unparalleled – and Elsa and her daughter Loreda fit right in alongside Vianne and Isabelle Mauriac from The Nightingale and Leni Allbright from The Great Alone. It’s a phenomenal read with phenomenal characters that I absolutely loved. Hannah has this way of writing that I think for most of the book, this is just ok, but then something happens and her characters grow and completely transform the story into something breathtaking.” — From Kristen Beverly on Goodreads

“Elsa made the perfect protagonist. A strong woman who rose time and again, despite the incredible odds against her. Elsa felt so very real to me. I connected with her from the very beginning, whether as a woman living vicariously through the books she reads, as a daughter who couldn’t measure up, as a wife who felt completely alone and as a mother who would move mountains for her children.

This touching story broke me. To be frank, I bawled. Kristin Hannah never ceases to surprise me with the quality she puts into her writing. That time in history was incredibly tragic for many people, and this book did an excellent job at reflecting that time in America. This is in stark contrast to the life we live today with the pandemic. Uncertain times then. Uncertain times now.” — From Robin Loves Reading on Goodreads

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