From the best-selling first author on The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes a powerful American saga about love, heroism, and hope, set during the Great Depression, at a time when the country was in crisis and at war with itself, when millions of people were gone. . Work and even the ground seemed to have turned on 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, favored land is abundant, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Walcott, who is considered too old to marry at a time when marriage was the only option for a woman, the future looks dark, Until night she meets Rafe Martinelli and decides to change the direction of her life. With her reputation destroyed, there is only one respectable option: marry a man you barely know.
By 1934, the world had changed. Millions are unemployed and the drought has ravaged the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to preserve their land and livelihoods as crops fail, water dries up, and land cracks open. Dust storms roll relentlessly across the plains. Everything at Martinelli’s farm is dying, including Elsa’s frail marriage; Every day is a desperate fight against nature and a battle to keep her children alive.
In this uncertain and perilous time, Elsa – like many of her neighbors – must make a painful choice: fight for the land she loves or leave behind and go west, to California, in search of a better life for her family.
The Four Winds is a rich, all-encompassing novel that breathes life into the Great Depression and the people who lived through it – the harsh realities that divided us as a nation and the ongoing battle between the haves and the have-nots. A testament to hope, resilience, and the power of the human spirit to survive adversity, The Four Winds is an indelible portrayal of America and the American dream, as seen through the eyes of an indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to determine a generation.