The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone

By Kristin Hannah

  • Publication Date: 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 833 Ratings)

Book Overview

An instant #1 New York Times bestseller (February 2018)!

"A TOUR DE FORCE." —Kirkus (starred review)

Alaska, 1974.
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.

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Recent Reviews

  • Stopped halfway through

    By buehler1990
    Could not take one more page of stupidity and abuse. Every time I thought something would change it just got worse.
  • Great book

    By Leahcat123
    Loved every page. She’s just a terrific writer. Highly recommend. Liked it as much as The Nightingale.
  • Great alone

    By Idk12345:43278960
    Great story. Learned about what it takes to be an Alaskan.
  • So good

    By Rachaelgierke
    Couldn’t stop reading!
  • Can’t put it down

    By Javanna
    I ignored my husband and kids to finish this book. It’s so good.
  • Child of the 70s

    By lcgenest
    Kristin Hannah nailed the protagonist existence in the era of70s. Moreover to be a young female during this time. We were all on the cusp of change. I felt all of it as it erupted. Her laguage is so evocative.
  • Could not put this down

    By NTA33
    I loved this book!
  • The Great Alone

    By GiveUsWars!!
    Outstanding book. I couldn’t put it down until I was finished. Written beautifully and makes you want to travel to Alaska and experience it in all its rural splendor. So much love and heartache all wrapped up in this story. The things we do fpr the love we believe we cannot live without.
  • WOW

    By mohrag
    Such an emotionally engaging novel. The descriptions of Alaska were lovely.
  • Not something I would normally think to read

    By Hcbooyah
    Normally if I read the description I probably would not read this book but knowing what a feat author Kristin Hannah is I gave it a shot and it did not disappoint. She has a way of writing to bring you into the novel to where you can see what is going on in such clear description and feel what the characters are going through. This book was so good I finished it in 3 days I could not put it down. Enjoy!