I Will Send Rain: A Novel

I Will Send Rain: A Novel

by Rae Meadows


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I Will Send Rain: A Novel by Rae Meadows

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250145932
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/28/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 216,200
Product dimensions: 5.49(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Rae Meadows is the author of Calling Out, which received the 2006 Utah Book Award for fiction, No One Tells Everything, a Poets & Writers Notable Novel, and the widely praised novel, Mercy Train. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Brooklyn, New York.

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I Will Send Rain: A Novel 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
bumblebee23 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! Set during the time period of the Dust Bowl we get to know Annie and Samuel, as well as their children Birdie and Fred. The character development is fantastic and the story is a realistic one of this time. I definitely want to look into more books and pictures of this time after reading this great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent historical fiction. Very, very complex and interesting characters. The setting of the story is riveting. The novel includes illness, death, betrayal, sorrow, hard work, a family against major problems, rain, the lack of rain, faith, a boat, and so much more. Highly recommended. This book deserves an A+++++
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
I will Send Rain is the moving story of the 1930s Dust Bowl, seen through the eyes of an Oklahoma family. There was a lot of research put into this book. The characters were well-developed and true-to-life, and I was sorry to finish the book. I won't give away any spoilers. And I want you to have the experience of reading the details while in the middle of experiencing this marvelous book for yourselves. Suffice it to say that you will get a clear picture of what a poor family experienced while dealing with this unusual natural disaster, as well as their own interpersonal heartaches. Reading this book will likely also help you put your own problems into perspective, as well as making you grateful for your own home, life and even the relatively normal weather. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to reading more books by Rae Meadows, but she has set the bar high with this one.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I saw the brown film as it coated their table, marking the lines where the cloth had been laid. They tried to cover their dishes that held their merger dinner which mother had prepared. The family had rushed to cover their meal as they heard the wind picking up and they knew they had to quickly stuff the wet cloths under the doors and along the windows before the panes started to knock and the air inside their quiet home would become hazy. It had not always been this way, when Annie and Samuel came to Mulehead, the beginning years there had been rain and crops were plentiful but now, life in Oklahoma was not for everyone. In fact, people were leaving almost every day for it was easier to just leave and start fresh somewhere else. I felt the desperation of Annie and her family and the folks around town. I, in fact don’t know if I could have stayed in Mulehead or if I would have been one of the individuals selling off my cattle and heading for greener fields. There was pride, hope and determination that had to be considered when they looked into their future. Samuel was having dreams or were they actual visions that Samuel was having, either way, Samuel put great thought into them. These gave him something to do and gave him a purpose to keep going. As his fields were falling into desperate times, Samuel and his son Fred were bonding and building hope. His wife, Annie was also looking for hope and she thought she had found it. She realized that to obtain the hope that she was searching for, it would come at a great cost, would she be willing to pay it? Their daughter Birdie was 15 and she knew all about life, or at least she thought she did. She was willing to take chances but taking chances sometimes doesn’t always work to your advantage. I really enjoyed this novel. It wasn’t a high energy novel but there was enough drama to keep this novel moving forward and I became a part of this family. I loved this family, their own quirks, their problems and how they interacted with the world around them. I got to know others in their community and I enjoyed being a part of this community. The author did a fantastic job portraying this time in history as she tries to show us many different angles: the stress, the helplessness and the positive side that came from the dust that shook these individuals’ lives.
caslyn More than 1 year ago
I Will Send Rain "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." (from publisher's note) Anne and Samuel Bell, married 20 years, are facing another in a series of hardships. The Bell determination and resilience carry them through the entire novel. Fred is their mute 8 yr old son, suffering from asthma intensified by the dust. Willful fifteen-year-old Birdie is captivated by "first love", Cy and determined to leave this all behind. Sam is plagued by disquieting dreams and what he regards as a divine call. Annie copes by leaning into a flirtatious adventure with a unusual admirer. Rae Meadows story is endearing and vividly cast both in character and locale. I enjoyed and highly recommend this read. 4.5 ★
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
First of all…this cover is amazing. Perfectly matched to the story. Annie Bell and her family are in the middle of the dust bowl just struggling to survive. Her family is falling apart. With a few bad decisions, it is a battle whichever way they turn. This is a read you will not soon forget. It is a powerful tale about the hardships of life. The feelings this book creates are unforgettable. It’s like you are there experiencing the dust, drought and hunger. The characters are tough as nails but create an amazing bond with the reader. Will the family survive or will they do as many others and uproot and move west? The author did a superb job describing the dust and it’s aftermath. I just couldn’t imagine fighting that battle along with a drought and outlandish heat. The way each character reacts to these trials is a story in and of itself. Each one react differently and with great consequences. This is a story which stays with you days after you have finished. Don’t think this story does not jerk a tear either. Believe me, it does!! I do not want to give away a spoiler, just letting you know to be prepared! I would love a sequel to this tale. It would be great to hear if some of the bad decisions actually turn out ok. I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Highly recommend. Hey, you idiot gamers. This site is for book reviews, not your silly chit chat. Why not try reading instead??? You might actually enjoy it!!!