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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

  • “In I Will Send Rain you’ll find compassion, heartbreak, and not a word out of place. Meadows shares with John Steinbeck not just a gigantic empathy but a gigantic storytelling gift.”

    Darin Strauss, National Book Critics Circle Award–winning author

  • I Will Send Rain is meticulously researched, deeply felt, and beautifully written, and I loved immersing myself in its harsh and elegant world.”

    Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times bestselling author

  • “As lush and powerful as the novel’s Dust Bowl setting is dry and crackedMeadows paints the Bell family’s desperation with compassion and warmth, and her precise language turns grit into gold.”

    Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Lyrical, devastating…With echoes of Faulkner and Steinbeck, each character chases after a meager form of comfort and stability in this harsh, unforgiving landscape, where ‘every direction was the same. Flat, colorless, known.’ Annie’s efforts to save herself and her family end in sadness, but her refusal to submit to hopelessness shines through the dust and the tears.”


  • “Meadows’s strength lies in letting her story be guided by the shadow and light of her well-rendered characters. When tragedy strikes or hope emerges, it makes sense and comes to fruition organically. This makes for a vibrant, absorbing novel that stays with the reader.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An exceptional talent for creating vivid imagery and a tender regard for her characters mark Meadows’ new novel…The Bells’ quiet courage and steely perseverance override the despair, becoming an unforgettable symbol of American tenacity and hope. Similar to John Steinbeck’s haunting portrait of tenant farmers in The Grapes of Wrath, but also with the gritty, bittersweet elements in Rilla Askew’s Harpsong and the poignant lyricism of Karen Hesse’s Out of the Dust.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Set in Dust Bowl Oklahoma in the early 1930s, this is the harrowing story of a farm family struggling to survive a seemingly endless drought and the privations it brings…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…Powerful.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • 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
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