The Four Winds - Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2021-02-02
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 8,042 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.


  • Page turner.

    By Prudence702
    Really enjoyed everything about this book. Learned a lot about the dust bowl and how history continues to repeat itself.
  • Finding a voice has never been so moving.

    By dahill_1973
    Thoroughly engaging, real women are the backbone of Hannah’s works. The Four Winds brings the Dust Bowl era to life through Elsa & Loreda. Leaning into the challenges of the mother-daughter dynamic on multiple fronts, Hannah crafted a moving story of family, faith, love, loss, LIFE! Highly recommended.
  • Too repetitive

    By cdb1234!)?
    Good story but too repetitive. Not my favorite.
  • Outstanding book!

    By marwilliams47
    I am 74 years old and was born in western Oklahoma. I remember my grandparents talking about those horrible years. Outstanding book!!!
  • Four Winds

    By Great5555555555
    I couldn’t put this book down. I felt like I was a migrant living during the terrible Dust Bowl trying to survive. My heart raced at thrilling points and I cried near the end. It was a fantastic read.
  • TG Rd

    By L TGRd
    My Grandparents and Parents lived through the Depression. It carved a deep cut in their souls, but the persevered. Parts of this story tore at my heart, but I am glad I read it.
  • Captivating

    By Chris Holls
    Powerful and moving with character development so deep that you feel their struggle, pain, courage and love.
  • Touching story

    By Snoopy1961$
    You can feel the characters’ heartache in all the issues they have to deal with. So beautifully written
  • Mediocre and predictable

    By roomba24
    Premise of the novel is interesting. However, characters were one dimensional and the writing was mediocre at best. I advise readers to skip this one.
  • Excellent

    By jxntrvlr
    Great historical fiction piece