The Four Winds


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Book: The Four Winds

Author: Kristin Hannah

Genre: Novel Type: Historical, Powerful, Heartbreaking

Publisher: Pan Macmillan


In a Nutshell

This novel is set in Texas 1934 during one of the darkest periods of the great depression and the dust bowl era, where drought and dust threaten the livelihoods and lives of farmers. Elsa Martinelli, now in her thirties has overcome her childhood adversities and finally has the life she always dreamed about, a family, a home, and a love of the Great Plains farmlands she nurtures daily.

When Elsa wakes one day to discover her husband has fled, she must decide if she stays to fight for the land she loves or take her two children to California in search of a better life.


Book Club Notes

As the book jacket states, this novel is about courage, sacrifice, the value of love and what we do for the ones we love.

I loved it and when it ended, despite being a whopping 454 pages, I wanted to find out what happens next. This book is so heartbreakingly sad and tragic. It transports you into another time and place and you can’t help but be sucked into Elsa’s world, rooting for her, crying with her and willing things to get better. It is beautifully written, moving and all round an excellent read that is going straight to our best books of 2021 list.


A Line That Stuck with Me

A man’s got to fight out here to make a living, they’d say to each other. A man. It was always about the men. They seemed to think it meant nothing to cook and clean and bear children and tend gardens.


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