I Will Send Rain : A Novel Paperback / softback
by Rae Meadows
Mulehead, Oklahoma. 1934. Annie Bell looks up from the kitchen sink to see the black clouds swelling against the horizon and she rejoices: at last, the rains have come.
There hasn't been rain for seventy-three days and counting and she and her family are facing the worst drought the Great Plains has ever seen.
But when this storm proves even more dangerous than the parched weather before it, Annie realises that their troubles are far from over.
Suddenly, dust is in Annie's hair, covering the windowsills, in the pie resting on the counter, in the corners of her children's dry, cracked lips.
As the famine of the early Dust Bowl years force their neighbours to abandon their homesteads one by one, the Bells hang on to Mulehead and the only life they've known.
Annie's teenager daughter Birdie hitches her heart to the boy next door with devastating consequences.
Her young son Fred suffers silently from dust pneumonia, and her husband Samuel sees in this hardship a message: one night he wakes charged with a vision of faith and a call to fulfill it, no matter how wild it may be.
But it is steadfast Annie herself who puts the family she's made and the path they've chosen into a different kind of peril.
When she begins to flirt with the affections of an unlikely admirer, everything she holds dear is called into question.
Rich in detail and epic in scope, I Will Send Rain gives us the award-winning Rae Meadows at the height of her powers.
This is a gorgeous, tenderly rendered novel of the resilience of family, filled with hope, longing, and love.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Publisher: St Martin's Press
- Publication Date: 07/12/2017
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781250145932