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The Four Winds

The Four Winds

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2021
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
#1 USA TODAY BESTSELLER
#1 WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER
#1 INDIE BESTSELLER
"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.
A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press
"Julia Whelan is herself a master storyteller because it's absolute magic how she brings this novel to life for listeners. Her emotional rendering will bring tears and laughter and she portrays every character perfectly, men women and children...Have the tissues close when you put those earbuds in." — Reading Franzy

"With forceful narrative drive, Whelan delivers a compelling performance of Hannah's memorable new novel." — AudioFile Magazine


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May 26, 2021

Well written saga of the dust bowl days and a family attempting to survive. I could not help but think of the Grapes of Wrath and Henry Fonda's speech about the hopes of abandoning home for a new life in California. Tom Joad laments: I'll be all around in the dark. I'll be everywhere. Wherever you can look—wherever there's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there. I'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad. I'll be in the way kids laugh when they're hungry and they know supper's ready, and when the people are eatin' the stuff they raise and livin' in the houses they build, I'll be there, too. Although I was familiar with this journey of hope idea for the "Okies", I did not realized that these desperate people were hated by the Californians. Timely message about immigration of today. Highly recommend this book!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

ArapahoeChristine Mar 09, 2021

I could not stop listening to this book. I listened while I was driving, while I did housework and well into the night. Kristin Hannah has the best ability to make you feel; you will feel fear, love, desperation, and hope.

ArapahoeChristineS Mar 08, 2021

Bleak and descriptive, this is a story for when you need a sad book. I appreciated learning about the conditions of farmers during the Dust Bowl and severe drought during the Great Depression. This felt so current, with so many natural disasters, unemployment, and immigration debates going on at the moment. The real story here is a mother/daughter story, fraught with it's own complications, and the will to survive. This was not an easy listen, I felt sad, outraged, and heartbroken; but it also seemed like I was reading a piece of history that I didn't know anything about, and that made it worth it.

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ArapahoeChristine Mar 09, 2021

Enough is, Goddamned, enough!

ArapahoeChristine Feb 26, 2021

Be brave.

ArapahoeChristine Feb 26, 2021

How much difference a friend could make. How one person could lift your spirit just enough to keep you upright.

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