The Four Winds - Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2021-02-02
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 2,209 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.


  • The Four Winds

    By angiieek
    I never realized how bad it was. Beautifully written. I remember hearing my grandmother tell what it was like to be an “Arkie”.
  • Great story!

    By Jamigirl57
    Never give up is my take away from this book.
  • Truly unputdownable!

    By Trev T
    Written so beautifully, I could see, hear and taste every moment. One of my favorites of Kristin Hannah’s excellent novels.
  • Pleasure to read

    By stgoldb99
    Very moving
  • Communist

    By camkel8
    Boring, communist babble.
  • Never read the book...

    By lemonpieces
    Never read the book. Had it waiting in what I thought was my library. I spent $14.95 for nothing. I read her “ ...Nightingale.” book I wanted to read another. I bought it before completing the book I was already reading. Why they or who ever hacked the book, please allow me to read the book.
  • A documentary disguised as a novel

    By Igamitzu
    I wandered through 600 plus pages for even a hint of levity, of good cheer, of something positive and uplifting but none was to be found, only despair. I need to take a shower just to wash away the dust and grime.
  • Don’t waste your time in this one!

    By Jdjd11jid
    Least favorite book I have read of Kristen Hannah’s. I waited forever for this book to come out. It was so long and drawn out I found myself not even reading some pages. Terrible ending after all that u waited for to happen in the last 30 pages.
  • You cheated me!

    By Btneu
    I paid to read this book. You say I finished-////- I never started the book!!!!!!!!!
  • Promising but ended with political agenda.

    By clearspring7
    The story of the dust bowl was what had me intrigued, but halfway through it turned political and did not end with any redeeming qualities IMO. Depressing from start to finish with nothing to gain but, Communism is the answer? 🤦🏼‍♀️