Sunday, March 14, 2021

The Four Winds

 The Four Winds

Author: Kristin Hannah

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Year: 2021

“True wealth is not measured in money or status or power. It is measures in the legacy we leave behind for those we love and those we inspire.” - Cesar Chavez

This one has been all over bookstagram so I don’t need to do a long summary. It’s a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read for me. 

 I’ve seen reviews describing The Four Winds as depressing, but I don’t think it is. Sure, it’s set during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression and Elsa and her family endure hardships everyday just trying to survive. No jobs, no money, no food. I thought it was heartbreaking, and yet still uplifting. Their spirit and determination is inspiring. They found joy in small things. They were still generous with the little they had. They were still able to show compassion and loved fiercely. 

What I did find depressing were the similarities to events that are still taking place today. This past year we’ve seen long lines for food distribution. We’ve seen millions of people lose their jobs. We’ve seen far too many families lose loved ones to a virus. We’ve seen communities devastated by environmental catastrophes. We’re still fighting for a livable wage while big companies get huge tax breaks and billionaires get even richer. That’s what I found sad and depressing. But I also know people are generous. Neighbors and communities have come together to help one and other.  People, especially the younger generation,  see the urgency to combat climate change. The past year redefined what it means to be an essential worker and the need to pay a living wage. Our spirit, grit, and determination marches on. 

What was the last five star book you read? Hope you all got to refresh and recharge this weekend. 

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