Saturday, August 13, 2016

I Will Send Rain by Rae Meadows

Book synopsis(via Goodreads):

Annie Bell can't escape the dust. It's in her hair, covering the windowsills, coating the animals in the barn, 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. All around them 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, her 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.

***Many thanks to Net Galley and Henry Holt & Company for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This book will be published on August 9, 2016.***

This insomniac's opinion: 

This novel is melancholy, winding and beautiful. From the first page I stepped inside of the world of Annie Bell during the dust storm and was lost inside Oklahoma until I turned the final page. It is the story of resilience during times of deep sadness and the bonds of family even when discovering just how imperfect those you love are. 


4 stars. 

Worth staying up all night to read?

Yes. Keep kleenex near by. 


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