Okay, I have dabbed my eyes enough that I can start writing a review of The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. There is something about Ms. Hannah’s writing that gets me every time, especially when I read The Nightingale and The Great Alone. I still need to read Firefly Lane so I can watch the series on Netflix.
The Four Winds is about the transformation of Elsa Martinelli from a wounded, unloved daughter to a fierce warrior who teaches her own children the true meaning of love and courage. She does this during the dangerous and incredibly dark time of the American Dust Bowl. The book is especially wonderful during those times Elsa shares moments of kindness from her in-laws, and later from other migrants she meets while struggling to survive as a single mother in California.
5-plus Stars. Book Club recommended for great discussions on bravery, climate change, immigration, discrimination, xenophobia, unions, American history, the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, and most especially about mother-daughter relationships.
This novel was published on February 2, 2021. I listened to the Audible Book which is brilliantly narrated by Julia Whelan. It is 15 hours and 2 minutes long. There is a great Q&A at the end of the audiobook with Kristin Hannah and Julia Whelan. The hardcover is 464 pages long.