The Great Alone
By Kristin Hannah
An instant #1 New York Times bestseller!
"A TOUR DE FORCE." —Kirkus (starred review)
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.
Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.
Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown.
At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.
But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.
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.
Heartfelt!!5By jabw68This was the eighth book of Kristin Hannah's that I have read, and true to her brilliant storytelling, the characters became real. I got lost in their lives, loves, tragedies, happiness and adventures. I didn't want to stop reading it. Now on to another Hannah book!
Exceptional book5By mrsraybirdRead this in two days, it was that good! I am a fan of all the Alaskan reality shows, and this book shows all the hardships and beauty of that great wilderness. Highly recommended!
Slow, tedious and redundant2By HandakinaThe Author tries to weave together a story from bits and pieces that make reading her novel slow, tedious and redundant. There are even a couple of scenes that make no sense at all and should have been picked up by the Editor. While the story line is interesting — development of a young woman living with an abusive father and slowly decaying mother — and the characters are well developed, the novel rambles. I literally read through the last third of the book at hyper speed because it had already lost my interest because it was so predictive and redundant.
Wow!5By ClaireH 1028Probably one of the best books I have read in a long time. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books by this author! You rock!
A MUST READ!5By Princess FergieI found myself getting very little sleep because reading this book somehow became more important. I fell in love with the characters but mostly I fell in love with Alaska. I was so intrigued! I have read every single one of Kristin Hannah’s books and have really enjoyed them all but this one quickly became my favorite. It is amazing!
The Great Alone1By How 2 readNeeded a good editing job. Too many inconsistencies.
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Where are all the written reviews?3By Dale18wedThey were here before. Interesting.
The Great Alone5By BluehairedladyAn absolutely amazing read. So sad it ended.