The Four Winds

The Four Winds

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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2021
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250178602
1250178606
Branch Call Number: FICTION HANNA...K
Characteristics: 454 pages ; 25 cm

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MarilynMcDonald
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.

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genepy
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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Catlady10
Apr 17, 2021

I normally love her books, but this story gets so depressing. Chapter after chapter of sadness. Kristine is such an excellent writer so I could picture all the depressing sadness, but honestly, I couldn’t wait to finish and move on to a happier book.

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kaygibby
Apr 17, 2021

I’m 100 pages in, and I do not think I can go on. This is the most depressing book! Kristen Hannah is a wonderful storyteller, as has been proved in several of her other books, but unfortunately this is a story I do not want to continue.

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HKMar
Apr 16, 2021

Kristin Hannah's The Four Winds is the most relevant historical fiction that you need to read right now. I was very tearful at the end of the audiobook, something that is very rare for me especially with books. Her author's note is heartfelt. This book is much needed during this time. I was a fan of Kristin Hannah's since The Great Alone, another amazing and relevant book.

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MGC_5
Apr 12, 2021

I enjoyed it very much. Another classic K.H. story. As a history buff, the background historical facts heightened the story for me of struggle, love, lost love, rediscovering love, discrimination, despair, determination, personal sacrifices and how one must survive to live. Elza and her relationship with her daughter, was fortifying regardless of the time period. The mother and daughter relationship fraught with age differences, expectations and then finding mutual understanding. Knowing her daughter and son were survivors because of their mother's strength and sacrifice make it even more than real. The many underlining themes, resonated with what is happening today, as we all attempt to survive through a pandemic, immigrant discrimination, societal and religious hate, all in one's attempt to 'live and survive'. I was not disappointed and many readers have their own opinions and relatability to this type of heroic and stoic story.

TSCPL_Miranda Apr 11, 2021

The Four Winds is the story of Elsa Martinelli, a farmer and mother who survives unimaginable hardships during the dust bowl era. Crops died and families were hungry. The dust was so thick that people wore gas masks, and many suffered or died from dust pneumonia. Elsa and her family face the choice that many families faced in that time: Would they stay with the family land and tough it out, or would they give up everything to start over out West?

This is not a happy book. It’s gritty. People and animals suffer. For many people, the dust bowl meant the loss of family, home, security, and their American dream. Landowners became migrant farmers, vulnerable to wealthy men who sought to exploit them for cheap labor. There is hope in this book, though, and it’s empowering to remember what our foremothers were able to overcome. We’re made of the same strong stuff, and we carry their stories, onward and upward.

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EucaryaM
Apr 08, 2021

Honestly, failed to see what’s the hype is all about. Passable and very depressing read, sometimes with forced type of situation. Not sure if we need more bleak topics on top of what we are going through right now.

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chamc01
Apr 06, 2021

I don’t see anyone commenting here on my favorite part of the book which is the relationship between Elsa and her daughter which I found very moving.

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SJZB2020
Apr 06, 2021

Kristin Hannah is a good story teller and the book is well written but I found The Four Winds terribly depressing. Of course the subject matter isn't a pleasant one but there was just one tragedy after another with no relief from the bad circumstances. I thought there would be a light at the end but except for the last few pages (literally!) it was 448 pages of heartbreak and misery. I appreciate the story is based on events that really happened but if I had known the book was nothing but a long saga about a beaten down woman I would have passed.

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