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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rae Meadows Narrator: Emily Sutton-Smith Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9781504744676
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From award-winning author Rae Meadows comes a luminous, tenderly rendered novel of a woman fighting for her family’s survival in the early years of the Dust Bowl.

Annie Bell can’t escape the dust. It’s in her hair, covering the windowsills, coating the animals in the barn, and 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. 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, Annie’s 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Through Emily Sutton-Smith’s narration, listeners experience the figurative and literal dust settling deep within the family members…Sutton-Smith’s portrayals of the characters are strong. Especially noteworthy is the soft, uncertain voice of Samuel Bell, the father, as well as that of young Fred, a mute asthmatic..Sutton-Smith delivers a portrait of yearning as penetrating as the dust storms she describes.”


  • “With echoes of Faulkner and Steinbeck, each character chases after a meager form of comfort and stability.”


  • “Evocative…timeless.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A powerful rendering of human resilience.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “A vibrant, absorbing novel that stays with the reader.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The unforgettable characters show grit, determination, and brokenness in equal measure. Verdict: An outstanding choice for book discussion groups.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “An exceptional talent for creating vivid imagery and a tender regard for her characters mark Meadows’ new novel.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The writing is richly evocative throughout, precise in its depiction of the harsh natural world, and tender in its renderings of the complicated emotional lives of the main characters.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Compassion, heartbreak, and not a word out of place.”

    Darin Strauss, National Book Critics Circle Award–winning author

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for August 2016
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of New Novels That Make Fiction out of Eco-Disaster
  • An Oprah Pick of Books about Fierce, Smart Women 
  • Longlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award
  • Indie Next Recommendation
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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.

About the Narrator

Emily Sutton-Smith has appeared in several films, including The Butterfly Effect 3 and Nevermore, as well as several television programs. As an audiobook narrator, she has read titles by Iris Johansen, Kendra Elliot, and Shéa MacLeod, among others, and won an AudioFile Earphones Award.