The Four Winds - Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2021-02-02
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 10,814 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.


  • A mother’s love

    By A weird sister
    I couldn’t put this book down. A mother’s all encompassing love through some of the harshest times in our country. You feel this story in a very deep and compelling manner. The author makes you feel as if you were there and experienced these hardships. This book will stay with me for a long time. Thank-you for this book.
  • Four Winds

    By Lisadorough
    Hope and despair. Hand in hand in the most poignant way.
  • Compelling

    By Lover of true history
    The Four Winds is riveting.
  • Compelling historical fiction

    By Jcinbitt
    This Dust Bowl narrative draws the reader in to the tragedy that the Great Depression coupled with human-caused climate change created for a region of the United States. Though the descriptions were a bit redundant in the beginning, the story moves with speed and excitement once the Martinellis leave Texas and embark on a journey of survival. I found myself reading during spare mommy’s throughout the day, and I highly recommend this book!
  • Kristin Hannah has done it Again.

    By Belly kind
    The Four Winds was another feather in the cap of this wonderful author. I've read all of her books and I patiently wait for the next one to be published! Thank you to this wonderful author for giving us so many great books and so much reading enjoyment.
  • Good

    By blake7770
    This was a good read
  • Thought provoking

    By BW in SLO
    Think of every emotion you have ever felt, and you will feel it while reading this story. I know I did. Joy, sorrow, hope, anger, life, death and the struggle to survive. How can some people be so cruel to others? And thank goodness for the ones who believe and love.
  • Adiamond59

    By ADiamond59
    Excellent read, a page turner and couldn’t put this book down!
  • Brilliant

    By Vitalvoice
    It’s everything a great American novel should be: depicting the complexities of the mother / daughter relationship against the backdrop of American themes that began with the stock market crash but was perpetuated by the Great Depression. Treating hardworking folks as lesser than, treating poverty as if it’s a self-inflicted disease, serfdom in America, police brutality, sexism, corporate abuse, white supremacy. It’s all there told through such a powerful lens of two women who both came of age.
  • Great story. Of woman and men who died for this country

    By Pepperstick53
    A lot of sadness. But very inspiring. The strength of men and particularly of women. Hope and good values