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The Great Alone

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 Americas 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 it means following him into the unknownAt 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, Ernts 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 Alaskaa 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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The Great Alone Reviews

  • Lisa

    The Great Alone

    Kristin Hannah

    MY RATING ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    PUBLISHER St Martin’s Press

    PUBLISHED February 6, 2018

    A spellbinding family drama of survival set on the wild and rugged side of the Kenai peninsula of Alaska.


    It’s 1974, gas prices are up, the country had been divided over the Vietnam war, and women had begun to disappear in Washington State without a trace. Leni Allbright, 13, was the new girl at another new school, with no friends other than her dog eared copy of Watership Down. She was worrie

  • abby

    Kristin Hannah wrote 70% of a novel and then 30% of a soap opera.

    I know this isn't likely to be a popular opinion. Hannah is an incredibly popular writer whose books sell into the millions. This might be a case of "it's not you, it's me." The same problems I found in her sentinel work The Nightingale came back to haunt The Great Alone: weak female characters, use of death and tragedy as plot devises, and an overwrought, melodramatic narrative. People who liked Hannah's earlier work, will probabl

  • Angela M

    “Were you ever out in the Great Alone,

    when the moon was awful clear,

    And the icy mountains hemmed you in

    with a silence you most could hear;

    With only the howl of a timber wolf, and

    you camped there in the cold,

    A half-dead thing in a stark, dead world,

    clean mad for the muck called gold;

    While high overhead, green, yellow and

    red, the North Lights swept in bars? —

    Then you've a hunch what the music

    meant. . . hunger and night and the stars. “

    ( From The Shooting of Dan McGrew by Robert

  • Deanna

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    Wow!! This was a FANTASTIC novel. There’s no way anyone could have pried this book from my hands while I was reading it.

    Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors and I am always excited when a new book is going to be released. When I found out that her new book, “The Great Alone” was set in Alaska in 1974 (the year I was born); I was itching to get reading.

    As the book opens, we meet the Allbright family. Ernt, Cora, and

  • Melissa

    *3.5 stars*

    When it comes to emotionally compelling fiction, without a doubt, Kristin Hannah is in a league of her own. Over the years, she’s taken me to the brink of hopelessness, dangled me over the edge of complete devastation and trampled my heart in the process. Where I think her magic lies is in knowing just the right moment to toss out a lifeline—restoring faith, inciting love and in some cases, leaving me in complete and utter awe.

    Naturally, having experienced a number of her noteworthy r

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister

    4.5 stars!

    Beautiful. Emotional. Atmospheric. Heart-wrenching. Stunning. Raw. Intense.

    I love Kristin Hannah’s writing! I’ve been a fan of her for years, but fell absolutely head over heels in love with her writing after reading The Nightingale. Though I wouldn’t class this book as highly as my love for The Nightingale, it was still an extremely powerful and thoroughly enjoyable novel that I truly loved reading.

    This story revolves around thirteen-year-old Leni who moves to Alaska with her highl

  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews


    The wild and untamed beauty of the Alaskan wilderness is the centrepiece for bestselling author of The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah’s latest novel, The Great Alone. This powerful piece of domestic fiction interweaves a family drama within a coming of age tale, of a young woman learning about love and life in an inhospitable land.

    Author of The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah, takes us to the year 1974. The Allbright family receives word that patriarch, Ernt, a Vie

  • Linda

    Like a curved, upturned palm, Alaska beckons with her beauty, her majesty, and her prolific grandeur.

    The awe-inspiring allure gestures first until the ruggedness of her backbone sets in.

    The Allbright family lives on the edge of a nomad's existence. Seattle, once filled with promise, no longer does. It's 1974 and these displaced individuals are the walking wounded. Ernt bears the mental and physical scars of being a prisoner of war held in Vietnam. The nightmares are no longer wrapped in the dar