The Great Alone

The Great Alone

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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, 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. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it 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, and the generosity of the locals makes up for the Allbrights' lack of preparation and dwindling resources. But as winter approaches, Ernt's fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. 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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780312577230
Branch Call Number: HANNAH
Characteristics: 440 pages ; 25 cm

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Jonnie recommended Kristen Hannah's newest for its depiction of Alaska.

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AL_ALYSONC Dec 23, 2017

Kristin Hannah will have another hit on her hands with this story of a family in crisis in Alaska in 1974. Her portrayal of Alaska is a character itself.


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laphampeak
Apr 23, 2018

Hannah has a way of drawing the reader into the characters as they change and grow with and because of circumstance. The setting in remote backwoods Alaska was an interesting backdrop to a once wandering family composed of a damaged, ex-vet, wife-beating husband, a wife stuck in the codependent love of him, and a daughter who fast learned the way of the land as well as having to grow up fast. Combine this family with their new community members, shake things up, and you have a great mix for a story that you won't put down.

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pishposh9
Apr 21, 2018

I loved The Nightingale, but this repetitious tale was a trifle boring. I skimmed through a lot and was glad when it ended.

lauz32 Apr 17, 2018

This was a fantastic read! I have always enjoy Kristin Hannah's books, and this one was no exception. She really described the harsh realities of living off the land in Alaska, "a place where people go to escape from the real world". A great novel of resiliency, bravery with a little bit of a love story thrown into the mix. Trigger warning for domestic violence.

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Marcley
Apr 15, 2018

I really loved this book!!! Kristen Hannah did an excellent job researching Alaska and the time period this story is set in. The detailed descriptions of the Alaska landscape & beauty is remarkable. I have been to Alaska and it is truly magnificent.
We see the main character grow from a 13-year old girl into a young woman, who has endured and survived many difficult and tragic experiences. This book tackles the subjects of PTSD (after Vietnam) and also Domestic Abuse. The Mother-Daughter bond is amazing and I cried a few times, thinking of my daughter and myself. I could not put this book down, once I started reading it. Great story and so well written.

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lgraf
Apr 09, 2018

What an incredible story! Loved the descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness. Had many twists & turns....couldn't put it down! I'm definitely going to put Alaska on my "bucket list"! Kristin Hannah is amazing author!

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barbdenman
Apr 07, 2018

Hannah did not disappoint in her newest novel! The Great Alone was rich in story plot, character development, and her beautiful descriptions of Alaska scenery took my breath away. This book has a lot of darkness too - but I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a good story, mixed with some suspense, and has the ability to read it to the end. You won't be able to put this book down once you start!

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robin_24
Apr 04, 2018

Even though it is a darker story than I usually prefer I couldn't put ths book down! The author describes the details of the era, the locations and the emotional interaction to a perfection.

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dollface_1
Mar 31, 2018

I loved this book as I love most of Hannah's books. The first book of hers that I read was The Nightingale. It made my top ten of all that I have read. I have since read almost all of her books, and enjoyed them all. The Great Alone was well worth the read, recommend it highly.

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CountryGranny
Mar 26, 2018

This is one of the best books I have ever read. It was hard for me to read in parts because of tears...but I finished it and can't get it off of my mind. It is a story of mother-daughter love, abuse, PTSD, and a true and lasting love. This is the 2nd book I have read by this author and I plan to read them all.

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pktab
Mar 24, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I didn't think I would like it, especially given the length of the book; however, I've been a Kristin Hannah fan for many years and have always enjoyed her books. Lately, especially with The Nightingale, show growth in writing her stories. Totally recommend. It was a "hard to put down" book!

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AL_MARYA Mar 13, 2018

You know what they say about finding a man in Alaska—the odds are good, but the goods are odd.

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