The Four Winds - Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2021-02-02
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 9,085 Ratings


"The Bestselling Hardcover Novel of the Year."--Publishers Weekly

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.


  • Okay

    By Bitcheslove$
    I was a little weary to read this book because of the varying reviews. However, I didn’t hate it. It opened my eyes to the hardships faced by those during that era and made me feel grateful and blessed for all that I have. It is a bit of a slow read in my opinion. The ending broke my mama heart and I did shed a few tears. I feel as though some parts were very repetitive and some parts carried on for a little too long. All in all, it was an okay book and I’m not sure if I would recommend this one to anyone.
  • You have to read this book!!!

    By Chrisseatina
    This is the best book I have read in years and I am an avid reader!! Absolutely loved it! The plot keeps you hanging on and you just can’t put it down. It’s so easy to get attached to the characters, I found myself paging ahead at times because I was so worried for them. What was going to happen next?! I don’t often read books twice but this one might be the exception. I highly recommend this book!!!
  • Hard pass

    By Njheath3
    Possibly the most depressing book I’ve read ever. I forced myself to the end thinking that surely something good will happen. NOPE. Move along, folks.
  • Awesomeness

    By Beauty in books
    I LOVED this book. It made me laugh, thinking of motherhood. And also made cry thinking of people I have lost. Great read!!! Highly recommend
  • Beautifully imagined!!

    By Jeff M.A
    I have read all of Kristin Hannah’s books and this is her best work❤️
  • Great book

    By maria_AK907
    Wonderful book, cried many times. Amazing historical narrative
  • Warrior

    By Liza Surpriza
    This book moved me in so many ways. Tingles through my body , smiling from laughter and tears of sadness. Great read. I highly recommend this book.
  • Suspenseful and deep

    By lizebeth042119
    This book gives you an up close and personal perspective on the lives of the people who experienced the Great Depression through the 1930s. You read about women with true grit and strength and courage. Is it is real, is is raw, and it is amazing.
  • An incredible novel!

    By Doggyritz
    Well done Kristin Hannah! You took me back to the 1930’s. The parallels with our current crisis went straight to my heart. Thank you!
  • The Four Winds

    By Lulu loves yoga
    I loved every page.