From award-winning author Rae Meadows comes a luminous, tenderly rendered novel of a woman fighting for her family's survival in the early years of the Dust Bowl.
Annie Bell can't escape the dust. It's in her hair, covering the windowsills, coating the animals in the barn, and in the corners of her children's dry, cracked lips. It's 1934, and the Bell farm in Mulehead, Oklahoma, is struggling as the earliest storms of the Dust Bowl descend. The wheat harvests are drying out, and people are packing up their belongings as storms lay waste to the Great Plains.
As the Bells wait for the rains to come, Annie and each member of her family are pulled in different directions. Annie's fragile young son, Fred, suffers from dust pneumonia; her headstrong daughter, Birdie, flush with first love, is choosing a dangerous path out of Mulehead; and Samuel, Annie's husband, is plagued by disturbing dreams of rain. As Annie, desperate for an escape of her own, flirts with the affections of an unlikely admirer, she must choose who she is going to become.
With her warm storytelling and beautiful prose, Rae Meadows brings to life an unforgettable family that faces hardship with rare grit and determination. Rich in detail and epic in scope, I Will Send Rain is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, filled with hope, morality, and love.
©2016 Rae Meadows (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
65 year old serial entrepreneur living in the wilds of NW Vermont on a small holding. Have a horse and 3 dogs, some laying hens too.
But seldom have we heard stories about the lives of families, individuals, or towns. The whole story rang with the truth about how hard it must have been.
Excellent reader also.
Listening to audiobooks is becoming a very expensive habit. Grin.
...I'm guessing a lot of people will really enjoy it.
Can't fault the writing or character development. Plot...meh.
Historically: Knowing a fair bit about the Dust Bowl era, there wasn't anything new there for me.
Ultimately, though, it was the fact that it was just so relentlessly depressing, and I'm just not in the mood for "in this book, almost nothing good happens" these days.
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