I Will Send Rain

I Will Send Rain

by Rae Meadows

Overview: A luminous, tenderly rendered novel of a woman fighting for her family's survival in the early years of the Dust Bowl; from the acclaimed and award-winning Rae Meadows.

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.

Linda Schulte (03/21/17): I Will Send Rain takes the reader back to the Dust Bowl Years in rural Oklahoma. The characters of Annie and Samuel Bell and their children, Birdie and Freddie are rich with detail, as is their life during the worst drought the Great Plains had ever seen. Rae Meadows writes with tenderness as she describes the lives of the Bell family. We are drawn into the lives and emotions of Annie, Samuel's hardworking farm wife, Birdie, their independent 16-year-old daughter and Freddie, their fragile young son. Samuel, husband and father and God-fearing farmer, holds on fiercely to his beloved land and his family during this very difficult time in rural America. I recommend this book highly.
Rating: *****

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