The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 1,413 Ratings

Description

In Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone, a desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness of Alaska only to find that their unpredictable environment is less threatening than the erratic behavior found in human nature.

#1 New York Times Instant Bestseller (February 2018)
A People “Book of the Week”
Buzzfeed’s “Most Anticipated Women’s Fiction Reads of 2018”
Seattle Times’s “Books to Look Forward to in 2018”

Alaska, 1974. Ernt Allbright came home from the Vietnam War a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes the impulsive decision to move his wife and daughter north where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Cora will do anything for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown. Thirteen-year-old Leni, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, has little choice but to go along, daring to hope this new land promises her family a better future.

In a wild, remote corner of Alaska, the Allbrights 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 newcomers’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates. 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.

Reviews

  • Tough subject

    4
    By $$Fash
    This is a love story depicting good love relationships and destructive ones. It is a frustrating, hard to read book at times. There are some “feel good” romantic moments but many more gritty, tough, hard to accept ones.
  • Interesting, adventurous, gut wrenching

    5
    By kodair
    It takes a little while to get deep into the action but once it does it will have you hooked. Interesting perspective about life in Alaska and living through the cold and dark winters. Love that it’s from a teenage girl perspective.
  • The Great Alone

    5
    By leelindig
    I read Thor, Silva, Baldacci, Childs, Van Lustbaden, Taylor, Iles, C.Hahhah, Phillips, Baldwin- this was by far the one novel that really touched my heart and made me cry. It was so well written. I almost gave up at the beginning with all the “ wife beatings”, but I stuck with it and was rewarded in the end. Lee
  • Wow

    5
    By ms_sea
    The author took great pains to develop characters that have true depth! Great read
  • The Great Alone

    5
    By cat bridges
    This was the best book I have read in a long time. The depth of the characters and the descriptions of the area were both heartwarming and gut wrenching. A wonderful read.
  • Worst book I’ve read in a long time

    1
    By lauren anderson
    I have always enjoyed Kirsten Hannah books; however this is the most depressing, implausible book I’ve read in a long time. The storyline was horrible and just kept getting worse; I continued reading thinking it would have to get better but it never did. The information about life in Alaska was interesting; however the storyline was so depressing, so frustrating, and so predictable it was horrible. I absolutely do not recommend this book!
  • One of the BEST books I’ve read in a while!

    5
    By AnnGMama17
    Loved this book! Great summer read! Didn’t want to put it down!
  • On point!

    5
    By colleen3345
    Excellent! Typical Kristen Hannah - page turner and never dissatisfied! I’ve read all her books. I even full on cried in this read!
  • THE BEST!

    5
    By jdnyk
    I fell in love immediately with this book and could not put it down. It was so well written, I felt I was in Alaska looking into a world laid out for me. Absolutely the best book I’ve ever read!!!
  • The great alone by kristen Hannah

    5
    By ms lillian
    Wonderful story, authentic characters, lovely, and spare writing. Loved learning more about wild and beautiful Alaska and the kind of people who live there. Thank you, Kristen, it was a pleasure.