Kristin Hannah’s The Four Winds: Fiction Previews, Feb. 2021, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

One woman’s struggle in Depression-era Texas.

Hannah, Kristin. The Four Winds. St. Martin’s. Feb. 2021. 464p. ISBN 9781250178602. $28.99. WOMEN’S

Though the setting is Dust Bowl–afflicted 1934 Texas as the Great cover of Hannah's The Four WindsDepression sweeps the nation, mega-best-selling author Hannah’s new novel is BISACed as women’s fiction, which says something about the thrust of the narrative. At its heart is Elsa Martinelli, who faces tough choices: should she stick to the land she loves, which is crumbling in her hands, or head to an uncertain future in California? Hannah’s books have claimed numerous best book, LIbraryReads, and Goodreads Historical Novel of the Year honors, which explains the 1.5 million-copy first printing.

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