Kristin Hannah
#1 New York Times Bestselling Novelist

Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of Night Road, Firefly Lane, True Colors, Winter GardenThe Nightingale, and The Great Alone.

When Hannah was in her third and final year of law school, her mother was in the hospital facing the end of her long battle with cancer. For the next few months, Kristin and her mother collaborated on what she describes as “the worst, most clichéd historical romance ever written.”

After her mother’s death, Kristin packed up all those bits and pieces of paper they had collected and put them in a box in the back of her closet. She got married and continued practicing law.

She then found out she was pregnant and was on bed rest for five months. Her husband reminded her of the book she had started with her mom. She pulled out the boxes of research material, dusted them off, and began writing. By the time her son was born, she had finished the first draft and found an obsession.

Now, Kristin is a major bestselling novelist.  She continues to live in Washington with her family.

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Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance. In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.

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In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska—a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.

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In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.

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Like many couples, Michael and Jolene Zarkades have to face the pressures of everyday life—children, careers, bills, chores—even as their twelve-year marriage is falling apart. Then a deployment sends Jolene deep into harm's way and leaves defense attorney Michael at home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls. At once a profoundly honest look at modern marriage and a dramatic exploration of the toll war takes on an ordinary American family, Home Front is a story of love, loss, heroism, honor, and ultimately, hope.

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For eighteen years, Jude Farraday has put her children's needs above her own, and it shows—her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close-knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia's best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable.Vivid, universal, and emotionally complex, Night Road raises profound questions about motherhood, identity, love, and forgiveness.

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Mesmerizing from the first page to the last, Winter Garden is one woman’s sweeping, heartbreaking story of love, loss, and redemption. At once an epic love story set in World War II Russia and an intimate portrait of contemporary mothers and daughters poised at the crossroads of their lives, it explores the heartbreak of war, the cost of survival and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. It is a novel that will haunt the reader long after the last page is turned.

An Evening with Kristin Hannah Kristin describes her life, her beginnings as a novelist, and the wonders of fiction.

Check out the latest update on the adaptation of Kristin’s Firefly Lane, starring Katherine Heigl.

The Nightingale included on The Sheridan Press’ list of books for read in 2020.

Read The Warp’s article on the adaptation of Firefly Lane into a television series.

Kristin Hannah’s Firefly Lane is turning into a 10-episode TV series on Netflix. Read the article by The Hollywood Report.

Variety ran an article on Firefly Lane being turning into a TV series.

Deadline posted an article about Kristin Hannah’s Firefly Lane turning into a TV Drama series on Netflix.

Check out this Q&A with Kristin Hannah in the New York Times Book Review.

Read Kristin Hannah’s Goodreads interview on The Great Alone.

Check out USA TODAY’s video interview with Kristin Hannah on The Great Alone.

Get the scoop on the upcoming film adaptation of The Nightingale.

Check out Deadline’s praise for Kristin Hannah.

Learn more about Kristin Hannah here.

Praise for The Four Winds "Through one woman’s survival during the harsh and haunting Dust Bowl, master storyteller, Kristin Hannah, reminds us that the human heart and our Earth are as tough, yet as fragile, as a change in the wind. This mother’s soul, suffering the same drought as the land, attempts to cross deserts and beat starvation to save her children with a fierce inner strength called motherhood. A timely novel highlighting the worth and delicate nature of Nature itself."
- Delia Owens, author of Where The Crawdads Sing

Praise for The Great Alone An instant #1 New York Times bestseller

"Featuring a rich cast of characters and elevated by the riveting portrayal of homesteading in Alaska in the 1970s, this is a compassionate story of a family." ― People, "Book of the Week"

"There are many great things about this book...It will thrill her fans with its combination of Greek tragedy, Romeo and Juliet-like coming of age story and domestic potboiler. She recreates in magical detail the lives of Alaska's homesteaders...and is just as specific and authentic in her depiction of the spiritual wounds of post-Vietnam America. A tour de force." ― Kirkus (starred review)

"Reliably alluring...The Great Alone is packed with rapturous descriptions of Alaskan scenery… Hannah remembers and summons an undeveloped wilderness, describing a gloriously pristine region in the days before cruise ships discovered it." ― New York Times Daily Review

"In this latest from Hannah, the landscape is hard and bleak but our young heroine learns to accept it and discover her true will appreciate the astuteness of the story and the unbreakable connection between mother and child." ― Library Journal

"Hannah skillfully situates the emotional family saga in the events and culture of the late ’70s... But it’s her tautly drawn characters―Large Marge, Genny, Mad Earl, Tica, Tom―who contribute not only to Leni’s improbable survival but to her salvation amid her family’s tragedy." ― Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for The Nightingale “I loved Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale. She has captured a particular slice of French life during World War II with wonderful details and drama. But what I loved most was the relationship between two sisters and Hannah’s exploration of what we do in moments of great challenge.” — Lisa See, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

“In this epic novel, set in France in World War II, two sisters who live in a small village find themselves estranged when they disagree about the imminent threat of occupation. Separated by principles and temperament, each must find her own way forward as she faces moral questions and life-or-death choices. Haunting, action-packed, and compelling.” — Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train

“The Nightingale is a beautifully written and richly evocative examination of life, love, and the ravages of war, and the different ways people react to unthinkable situations–not to mention the terrible and mounting toll of keeping secrets. This powerhouse of a story is equally packed with action and emotion, and is sure to be another major hit. I loved it!” — Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants

Praise for Winter Garden "Readers will find it hard not to laugh a little and cry a little more as mother and daughters reach out to each other just in the nick of time." — Publishers Weekly

"Winter Garden is Kristin Hannah’s best written and most deeply affecting novel yet." — The Huffington Post

"It’s a tearjerker, but the journey is as lovely—and haunting—as a snow filled winter’s night." — People magazine

"A…searing story with a breathtaking, beautiful ending." — The Seattle Times