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Kristin Hannah with Meg Waite Clayton – The Four Winds

Presented by Book Passage at Book Passage, Corte Madera, Corte Madera CA

Mar 18 2023
Kristin Hannah with Meg Waite Clayton – The Four Winds

Kristin Hannah photo courtesy of Kevin Lynch

Author Event: American epic about love and heroism and hope, set during the Great Depression

In-person & virtual author event
* Saturday, March 18, 1:00 pm

From the number-one bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes a powerful American epic about love and heroism and hope, set during the Great Depression, a time when the country was in crisis and at war with itself, when millions were out of work and even the land seemed to have turned against 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, the bounty of the land is plentiful, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman’s only option, the future seems bleak. Until the night she meets Rafe Martinelli and decides to change the direction of her life. With her reputation in ruin, there is only one respectable choice: marriage to a man she barely knows.

By 1934, the world has changed; millions are out of work and drought has devastated the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as crops fail and water dries up and the earth cracks open. Dust storms roll relentlessly across the plains. Everything on the Martinelli farm is dying, including Elsa’s tenuous marriage; each day is a desperate battle against nature and a fight to keep her children alive.

In this uncertain and perilous time, Elsa — like so many of her neighbors — must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or leave it behind and go west, to California, in search of a better life for her family.

The Four Winds is a rich, sweeping novel that stunningly brings to life the Great Depression and the people who lived through it — the harsh realities that divided us as a nation and the enduring battle between the haves and the have-nots. A testament to hope, resilience, and the strength of the human spirit to survive adversity, 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.

Kristin Hannah is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including The Nightingale, The Great Alone, and The Four Winds. A former lawyer turned writer, she lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest.

Meg Waite Clayton is the internationally bestselling author of eight novels, most recently the Good Morning America Buzz pick and New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice The Postmistress of Paris and the National Jewish Book Award finalist The Last Train to London. Her novels have been published in 24 languages. She’s also written for major newspapers, magazines, and public radio. She mentors in the OpEd Project, and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the California bar.


Ticketed: $25 includes book

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Contact: (415) 927-0960


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Additional time info:

In-person: Check-in- 12:00 PM --- Author Talk/Q&A- 1:00 PM -- 2:00 PM- Book Signing
Virtual: Author Talk/Q&A- 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Book Passage, Corte Madera

51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925


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