I really liked The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah’s coming-of-age story about a girl, Leni Allbright, who moves with her parents, Ernt and Cora, to a log cabin in the wilds of Alaska.
Her 2021 book — The Four Winds — is good, as well.
Also historical fiction.
Another coming-of-age story. Loreda lives through the Dust Bowl in Texas. The family fleeing to California in the “Okie” migration — to semi-slavery picking cotton.
The Okies had replaced Mexican migrant workers.
Though started 3-years prior to the pandemic, many of the issues are important to Americans today. Trying to reduce the gap between richest and poorest, for example.
I recommend this book.
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.kristinhannah.com