The Four Winds (Large Print / Library Binding)
Our American mythology is that this is a land of unlimited opportunity, and that hard work and resourcefulness, and perhaps a bit of luck, will bring unlimited rewards. And then we meet Elsa, the indomitable heroine of this truly American story and we are completely disavowed of this quaint notion. As if the Great Depression were not enough, this extraordinary novel also depicts the Dust Bowl of the great plains, and then the migration to California that brought unrelenting hardship to those who dared the trip. Elsa, a pitiable figure at the opening of this novel, goes through many transformations, and against all odds creates a loving family. What we come away with is that through strong perseverance it is hope and love that endure. This is another brilliant historical fiction from Hannah, and I devoured every word. One warning – have a hanky at hand.— Jane
February 2021 Indie Next List
“A brilliantly woven narrative set during the Dust Bowl years on the High Plains of Texas, The Four Winds is a story of survival that inspires us to persist. Hannah extensively researched the devastation of this climatic and agricultural phenomenon and its toll on communities, which seamlessly informs the deftly woven narrative of the life of Elsa, a woman who finds that she has more tenacity and resourcefulness than she had been raised to believe — and then some.”
— Claudia Maceo, The Twig Book Shop, San Antonio, TX
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.