"The Four Winds" by Kristin Hannah 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.
Molly Gray is not like everyone else. She struggles with social skills and misreads the intentions of others. Molly’s orderly life is upended the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself dead in his bed. Before she knows what’s happening, Molly’s unusual demeanor has the police targeting her as their lead suspect. She quickly finds herself caught in a web of deception, one she has no idea how to untangle. Friends she never knew she had unite with her in a search for clues to what really happened to Mr. Black—but will they be able to find the real killer before it’s too late?
This is a classic John Grisham tale. Knowing that the end is near, Judge Atlee issues a summons for his two sons to return to Clanton to discuss his estate. Ray Atlee is the elder son, a Virginia law professor, and the younger son Forrest is the family’s black sheep.
The summons is typed by the Judge himself, on his handsome old stationery, and gives the date and time for Ray and Forrest to appear in his study. But the Judge dies too soon and the family meeting does not take place--leaving behind a shocking secret.