The Four Winds - Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2021-02-02
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 1,800 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.


  • Couldn’t put it down

    By WinefortheLC
    Had me from the start. The beginning was a bit slow but finally progressed. The obstacles of the time made me realize some perspectives I have not thought about. Historical portion was well done. So sad at the end.
  • Terrific

    By Grandna Karen
    Loved this book. Beautifully written.
  • So thoughtful and thought provoking.

    By Awake Annie
    Awful to think what we have been through at the hands of one another.
  • Very depressing and disappointing

    By cawatergirl
    It was not at all what I’m used to reading from her. The story dragged, very slow and depressing. There was nothing good or happy about this book.
  • Excellent

    By Bruinswin11
    Some of you reviewers need a history lesson. Grapes of wrath anyone?! Although this book is not based on a true story it is based on true events from American history. I love all of her books, and I was starting to drift on this book but stuck it out and before I knew it I was lost in it. I found myself doing anything I could to get to bed early to read, listen in my car or on my headphones at work when I was supposed to be watching training videos 😂. I spent a good part of this book angry at how the citizens of California treated their fellow Americans & in real life it never really got better for them. It was shocking but Kristen Hannah found a way to spin truth with story and form an excellent story that could serve as a wake up call to how we judge and treat each other these days!
  • Story of hanged hearts

    By Jeanne C.
    The book started slow but then it became impossible to put it down. I’ve read 90% of Kristin Hannah’s book she is one of my very favorite authors. This one is the best of them all and describes the very hard times of the Great Depression in a very vivid way. It’s like the author really lived it herself. Thank you Kristin Hannah for another gem. It always takes me so long to find another book after such a chef d’œuvre
  • More global puppet drivel

    By LadieKadie
    Communism has arrived worldwide. I’d like to rewind way back before Bozos the clown supposedly started a bookstore in his garage (nonsense). True authors are in old leather bound books now.
  • Loved this book!!!

    By Joey19967412!
    I loved the book and all of the history that was put into it. The accuracy of the book and the times that were hard for many’s is amazing
  • Moving

    By BullyMomx4
    Hannah moves me to tears in this breathtakingly beautiful novel. Feeling the hardship and struggle of this time poignantly through the eyes of a mother-daughter relationship and drawing the courage to face our own unthinkable present, this novel is worth the read. Can’t wait to see where you transport us to next!
  • Four Winds

    By STompkins66
    Loved this book. Have loved all her books. Story of bravery and strength, and most of all...a mother’s love for her children!