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I Will Send Rain

– tekijä: Rae Meadows

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"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 pulledin 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."--Syndetics… (lisätietoja)
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I Will Send Rain is one of those in-between books for me. I enjoyed it but it seemed to drag in a few places and I wasn't fond of the constantly shifting POV.
That being said it's a gritty, beautifully written story following an Oklahoma family during the Dust Bowl.

Annie's daughter is a dreamer who is experiencing her first love/heartbreak, her son is sick and her husband isn't the same man he once was. Meanwhile, she finds herself drawn to another man.

The characters were fleshed out and you can't help but feel for them. Their suffering is heartbreaking but despite everything they prove to be quite resilient and you have to admire the Bell family for staying put and waiting out this terrible drought.

*ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  maebri | Mar 10, 2020 |
I Will Send The Rain
written by Rae Meadows

While reading this book I was drawn in remembrance to reading The Grapes of Wrath about the dust bowl. Unlike the Joads exodus in The Grapes Of Wrath to California, the Bells stay in Oklahoma and try to scrap up a semblance of life. Through the drudgery of life that the Bells live through mother Annie finds that she is struggling with her identity and the desire to live the life she is having to live. She finds solace in the arms of the Mayor of Mulehead a man that represents the travel, and excitement in the big cities, that she wanted to embark on as a young woman. In the middle of this affair she is dealing with her pregnant daughter “Birdie” and her little boy Fred, who has asthma which is exacerbated by the dust storms. To escape from the worries of his farm, father Samuel builds a boat that he feels he was called to build. He becomes the laughing stock of the town. Birdie and Annie have a hard time understanding the necessity of said boat until the rains come and flood the ground for half a day.

This book to me is sad on so many levels. Samuel feels that he is doing what is right and the only support he gets is from the town minister and his little 9 year old boy Fred. He feels the resentment from Annie and Birdie but does not let that stop him. The sadness I feel for him is that he is clueless to anything else that is going on in his little families world.

Annie knows that she is doing wrong by being with Mayor Jack Lily but she can’t stop herself. I find that I can relate to her as she is struggling with her inner self: who is she, where does she stand in her husband’s world. Her daughter is almost 16 and she doesn’t need her anymore. She can’t help Fred to breath better than she already does using a tonic containing Petrol. How is she to deal with all her feelings and build up her children and husband during these trying times? She is falling apart.

Birdie wants to escape she, like her mother at her same age, sees a world she wants to live in far away from their little tiny farming town but can’t see a way to escape except through her boyfriend, Cy. He moves with his family without telling her, this is tragic in so many ways as she was about to tell him that they were going to have a baby. Then she realizes she is stuck to the world she doesn’t want to stay in. 

I enjoy the way Ms. Meadows tells this story. I always wondered what the Joads went through before they left for California and this story fills in blanks based on what other’s experiences were. Ms. Meadows has a casual style that I like while I am reading. She shows the world the Bell’s are living in. I could feel the dust going up my noise, the stifling way they couldn't breath especially Fred and the lack of any inhaler which wasn’t around back then. 
Ms. Meadow’s characters are real to me and this is what draws me into the world she has created. Thank you for that Ms. Meadows! ( )
  SandraBrower | Oct 27, 2019 |
This book is all about the characters. It’s not exactly plot-driven, and people looking for historical fiction filled with lots of details about the events of the Dust Bowl may be disappointed here. However, anyone who enjoys books with realistic, flawed, and nuanced characters should take a look at this. One family struggles through a brutal summer—they may lose their money, their harvest, their home, and their whole way of life—and the extreme circumstances bring to the fore some of the hidden facets of their personalities. Here, pushed to their limits, these compelling characters will come to understand themselves and each other, and secrets long-buried will be pulled into the light of day. The writing is sharp, and the characters are vivid and feel real. A deeply emotional read that will linger even after the last page.
  MuuMuuMousie | Jun 19, 2019 |
A pretty standard domestic drama of family members individually leading lives of quiet desperation: Dad's having religious visions; Mom's eyes are wandering; Sis dreams of running away to the city with the boy next door; and little Fred is a sickly little mute being dragged toward the end of innocence. Set in the 1930s Dustbowl, this book takes the opposite tack of Steinbeck's [book:The Grapes of Wrath|18114322], with the family sitting pat on their Oklahoma farm as they spiral into despair, their dreams coated in the deepest dust, all trace of them blowing away with the wind.

The story lurches slowly and depressingly to its inevitable conclusion, leaving me more glad that I finished the book than that I read it. ( )
  villemezbrown | Feb 13, 2019 |
I Will Send Rain is about a family trying to survive in Oklahoma in 1934. This shows how families can easily be pulled apart but can come back from rock bottom. The citizens of Mulehead are dealing with dust storm after dust storm and no rain for months. It's so bad they are shooting cows for a dollar to get by. Rae Meadows does a great job of bringing these characters to life. She shows the struggles families went through and that some things never change with relationships. Since I grew up on a farm, I found this a fascinating story.

I received this book through my Goodreads group Life as a Book Addict. ( )
  MHanover10 | Feb 4, 2018 |
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"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 pulledin 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."--Syndetics

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