The Four Winds - Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2021-02-02
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 6,249 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.


  • Wonderful In Spite Of

    By ChipSanders
    Terrific book thar brings the reader face to face with problems and prejudices in our American history that often repeat themselves. The story line could have been just as effective, however, without the communist leanings and references.
  • Excellent introduction to dust bowl history

    By olddue1
    Good writing with a powerful feminist plot. It is a page turner and a reminder about forgotten aspects of US history.
  • Great story

    By Kellyreadsalot
    Loved it! Heart wrenching, but I couldn’t put it down!
  • Fantastic book

    By Taywestcoast
    Honestly I’m so confused with all the reviews that are complaining because this is a sad story. It’s a book set during the Great Depression and Dust Bowel, what do you expect? Sad stories, in my opinion, can be some of the most compelling. I thought this book was great and brought tears to my eyes throughout. I highly recommend you give this book a try!
  • Great storyline .

    By Princeton Way
    Too many words. Too long. Drags in places.
  • Get the tissues ready

    By tash124
    I would like to take a moment to thank Kristin Hannah for ALWAYS MAKING ME UGLY CRY. This book pulled me in from the very first page. I’m from Oklahoma but some of the things that happened during this period is too much for school books, so I never thoroughly learned about the depth of the horror that these families went through. I experienced so many emotions throughout reading and absolutely adored the characters. I would love a sequel! I definitely recommend this one, but get the tissues ready.
  • Outstanding slice of American History

    By 305San
    You can taste the Dust- Excellently depicts the dust bowl era & the struggles of the times. More importantly, it details a mother’s love & sacrifice for her children, beautifully & heart wrenchingly describing the motherhood bond.
  • Four Winds

    By BernieQualheim
    Ive read all your books but this one is to depressing. Could hardly wait for it to end.
  • The Four Winds

    By MPBromz
    This was a fantastic book!
  • Fitting

    By kswift821
    While I did enjoy this book, it was thoroughly depressing, which is fitting for a book about The Great Depression. I kept reading and waiting for something good to happen and it did not come. The ending was a little unsatisfying but all in all, a well written book.