Book Review by Bonnie Sabatini

Kristin Hannah’s new book, “The Four Winds” is a very popular book in our library system, so of course I had to read it to see what the buzz was all about. This book was very eye opening and an interesting story about the Great Depression from a Woman’s point of view. To be honest, I didn’t know much about the Dust Bowl time period and I finished this book feeling grateful for the basic necessities in life I do have – like a car, gas, food & a roof over my head.

In Texas, 1934, millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance.

In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. The Four Winds is an indelible 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.

I would definitely recommend this book. Kristin Hannah’s writing is endearing and her character development entrenching. It felt depressing at times – but the Great Depression was not easy, at all. It is a time period in History that wasn’t pretty and this book gives you a chance to feel like it happened to you first-hand. At times I felt like I could even taste the dust in my mouth that they experienced. I’m so grateful our country was able to recover from the Great Depression and have measures in place to ensure that doesn’t happen again.

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