The Four Winds
'A powerful, stirring, wind-swept tale set in Depression-era America that makes your heart break and soar in equal measure. An escape into the past with timely echoes to the present.' - Matt Haig, author of The Midnight Library
‘Powerful and compelling’ – Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing
'A story of love, family, unbreakable bonds, bravery and hope. I loved this book so much!' - Christy Lefteri, author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo
She will discover the best of herself in the worst of times . . .
Texas, 1934. Elsa Martinelli had finally found the life she’d yearned for. A family, a home and a livelihood on a farm on the Great Plains. But when drought threatens all she and her community hold dear, Elsa’s world is shattered to the winds.
Fearful of the future, when Elsa wakes to find her husband has fled, she is forced to make the most agonizing decision of her life. Fight for the land she loves or take her beloved children, Loreda and Ant, west to California in search of a better life. Will it be the land of milk and honey? Or will their experience challenge every ounce of strength they possess?
From the overriding love of a mother for her child, the value of female friendship and the ability to love again – against all odds – Elsa’s incredible journey is a story of survival, hope and what we do for the ones we love.
The Four Winds, an instant New York Times number one bestseller and 2022 Richard and Judy Book Club Pick, is a deeply moving story about the strength and resilience of women and the bond between mother and daughter, by the multi-million-copy number one bestselling author of The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah.
Praise for Kristin Hannah:
‘A rich, compelling novel of love, sacrifice and survival’ – Kate Morton
‘A masterclass’ – Karen Swan
What readers LOVE about The Four Winds:
‘Everyone should read this book. This is the new American classic’
‘It will break your heart and bring you to tears. It will also be one of the best books you read all year!’
‘This is historical fiction at its best: compelling, compassionate, enraging and courageous. I absolutely loved this book!’
‘Gripping and captivating . . . heartbreaking and inspiring’
‘We fall in love with a warrior who finds her power and strength, surrounded by love. Beautiful’
‘BRAVO to the author, this is her best work yet’