Thursday, June 23, 2016
Book Review: I Will Send Rain
The book, I Will Send Rain, is set during the Dust Bowl. There is no escaping the endless amount of dust that is everywhere. The people cannot get rid of it.
People in Mulehead, Oklahoma have begun to move to California rather than stay. They leave all their things behind and head out. The Bell family are one of these families. They have lived in the area for over 20 years, but now they are at a loss to what to do. They don't even feel like they can turn to each other to talk about the difficulties.
There is also Birdie, who is in love with Cy Mack. These two want to go somewhere away from the farm life. Birdie's mother, Anne, worries that she will end up like here.
Fred is the youngest at eight years old. He is mute, and has asthma, which is not a good mix with the dust.
The author, Rae Meadows, tells the story of this family and of this time from the different family members viewpoints. We are allowed to see the hardship that this time placed on the people and the land and how the people of the area lost hope in survival. Each person in the story has their own worries and concerns.
It is difficult to say that you love such a book, but I felt like the book was able to relay the story in such a way that I was able to relate to each of the characters.
I was given this book by NetGalley and Henry Holt and Company in exchange for my honest review.