The Four Winds - Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2021-02-02
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 5,495 Ratings)



"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.


  • An amazing story of hope, strength and courage!

    By Kiki088
    Remarkable story!
  • Loved this book and learning about the history of The Great Plains and droughts of 1930’s. effected

    By Goddess Peg
    Perseverance of people held me steady and hopeful in our human nature through any crisis!
  • Can't stop crying!

    By ashjeandeh
    Had no idea the ending would touch me so much. Great read.
  • Four winds

    By Dmichi
    Great read! Really puts everything into perspective. Especially in today’s times.
  • A great read!

    By Matagordagirl
    I could hardly put the book down. Made me feel as if I was in it. I highly recommend it!
  • Basically Grapes of Wrath

    By JennnayR
    Story is very similar to Grapes of Wrath. Wonderful read nonetheless
  • Wow

    By DriDre12
    Beautiful and moving
  • Wonderful

    By Ms. Wan
    Never knew about this chapter of American history. What a wonderful story of courage and perseverance!
  • Great story

    By gerriesanjuan
    I could feel the grit in my eyes and wonder how they made it through even one day of those storms.
  • Fantastic

    By kennnnnnnneth