I Will Send Rain (audiobook)

8.1 hrs • 7 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 08/09/16
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 08/09/16 9781504740937
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 08/09/16 9781504744669
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Playaway Playaway: Playaway editions are a pre loaded audio device that is half the size of deck of cards. Simply plugin headphones and listen. 
- 08/09/16 9781504766449
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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.

Review Quotes

“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.”



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

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“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.”

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