“I Will Send Rain” by Rae Meadows

A powerful historical fiction set in Oklahoma during the impossibly hard times of the early days of the 1930’s dustbowls. A husband and wife with their teenage daughter and preteen son attempt to survive starvation and deprivation. They hope to keep a bit of their souls alive as well, for there are storms going on inside their psyches in addition to the ones outside their farms. So vividly written be prepared to feel physically immersed in the dirt and dust, expect a hunger and thirst like you have never known while simultaneously drowning in desperation. Do not be surprised if after you finish the novel you dream longingly of rain.

It is not fair to the author yet inevitably Meadow’s novel will be compared to John Steinbeck’s Nobel Prize winning masterpiece “The Grapes of Wrath.” It is impossible to top that “great American novel” that was once banned for many reasons. Such as when Steinbeck’s character Rose of Sharon takes pity on a starving man and offers him her breast to save his life. There are moments in Meadow’s interpretation of this period in American history that also comes close to making your jaw drop from shock, leaving the reader overwhelmingly sad. I finished this novel, closed the book, and fought the urge to grab and hold tight to my grown children, fearing that they too could blow away.

Publishers: Macmillian
Book Release Date: August 9, 2016.

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