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The Four Winds

Author : Kristin Hannah

Genre : Fiction

This Dustbowl story begins in Lonesome Tree, a fictional town near Dahlhart, Texas—the town that becomes the center of the stories during the 1920s and 1930s—how the ruined land of the southern plains lost the topsoil when farmers dug up the prairie grass and replaced it with annual wheat crops.

Texas, 1921. A time of abundance. The Great War is over and the bounty of the land is plentiful. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry, 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.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 to save her young son from dust pneumonia.

Kristin Hannah writes 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, This book is a complex 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.

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