The Great Alone

The Great Alone

by Kristin Hannah
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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

An instant #1 New York Times bestseller!

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312577230
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 4
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Kristin Hannah is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the The Nightingale, a major motion picture directed by Michelle MacLaren, and The Great Alone, set in Alaska. Hannah is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Firefly Lane, Winter Garden, Night Road, Fly Away, and Home Front, which has been optioned for film by 1492 Films (producers of the Oscar-nominated film The Help) with Chris Columbus attached to write, produce, and direct. She is the mother of one son and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest.

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The Great Alone 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous 12 days ago
One of the best books I've ever read. It was a bit graphic and hit a few nerves as I've experienced a little of what the main character went through. Highly recommend
Anonymous 13 days ago
Oh the places you'll go with Kristin Hannah. Another couldn't put it down read! Alaska, the 70's, strong women. The characters she creates will stay with you long after you finish. Thank you for this escape. Highly recommend.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Absolutely amazing. I have stayed up 2 nights in a row way past my bed time. (LOL) I thought this book could even be a 10 in my eyes. You can't go wrong reading this book. Love, love, love, loved it.
Anonymous 10 days ago
Great read! Leni’s powerful spirit amongst her broken dad and scared Mom was amazing. Thank you for an uplifting ending because I couldn’t bear it if it had turned out differently. Large Marge rocks!
Anonymous 10 days ago
I just finished. Wow, what a wonderful ability Kristan Hannah possesses, to bring out every emotion in the reader’s mind. My heart wrenched for so many of the characters. To be able to see love, honesty, determination, and the true desperation for survival, was unbelievable. The story seemed so real, and far too many times heartbreaking and unfair for one very young girl to endure. But, there were also many great moments. I cannot wait for her to write the next book. If I could have selected more stars, I would have!!!
Anonymous 14 days ago
Kristin Hannah really knows how to pull on your heartstrings. I don't typically read books like these but I had to give it a chance since I loved The Nightigale so much. Definitely a sad story and not for one looking for a truly happy ending. I really liked the book but I feel like it was lacking something. Would recommend!
Anonymous 11 days ago
Wow! The novel takes the reader on an unbelievable sensual and emotional journey. It was possible really see the beauty of Alaska and its effect on the characters. I alternately hated, feared, cried, smiled and loved with the family in the story. I don't believe I have ever experienced all these emotions in one novel as strongly as I did here. Fantastic read!
Anonymous 15 days ago
A great read
Anonymous 8 days ago
I have read every book Kristin has ever written. Each one pulls you in, and makes you a part of the story. This one is no exception. I have visited Alaska twice, one of those pesky tourists, and am in awe of her Majesty. Kristen had brought back many memories for me, and I'm certain that Alaska better get ready for many more tourists once people read this wonderful book. Keep writing Kristin !
Anonymous 4 days ago
I loved this book and its Alaskan locale.
roniVT 9 days ago
As the daughter of a war veteran this hit so close to home for me. My father never laid a hand on my mother or me, but the fights and the yelling and tension was enough. He was gone for a year during my formative years and came back from Iraq a bitter, angry, unpredictable man. There were passages in this book that felt as if they came straight from my heart. I don't know if Kristin Hannah lived through something like that, but if she did not, I am in awe because she absolutely nailed it. There were times reading this that I found myself smiling and others when I was on the verge of tears. The characters are expertly crafted, lovable, and memorable. The story is gripping; The scenery and descriptions breathtaking. This book was a journey in time and through the wild of Alaska.
Anonymous 9 days ago
Absolutely loved it!
Anonymous 10 days ago
This is one of the best books I have read in ages. I could not put it down. It is so believable from the 1st page I thought I was reading the details of the author's 5 years in Alaska. Besides the descriptions of Alaska which I felt I could see with my minds eye, this is a story of a young girls life and all the bad things that some young people have to live through. Also the love of a family that really didn't have much to be happy about but they did have their love. One tragedy after another and the ways that they survived. Also the love between two teens that lasted their entire lives. The characters in this book were all so believable I feel I know them all. The community in this book is one most of us would love to be a part of in any town USA. THIS BOOK IS OUTSTANDING and I am excited for my next Kristin Hanna read.
Anonymous 11 days ago
I am a huge fan of Kristin Hannah's work. With that being said, this book was a huge miss for me. The characters fell flat, the storyline was repetitive, and the star-crossed lovers theme was the like of which would be enjoyable to a teenage audience. The only enjoyable part of this book was how well the author described Alaska. I was, overall, sorely disappointed. Now go and read her book "Nightingale." It is amazing!
Anonymous 11 hours ago
This book is perfect, you wont be disappointed.
Anonymous 13 hours ago
Riveting storyline from beginning to end. Moments that will make you angry, happy, afraid, and then you'll cry your eyes out. Best read in a long while!
Anonymous 19 hours ago
Excellent read. Loved it!
Anonymous 22 hours ago
Amazing read. Kristin Hannah used such powerful descriptions of the Alaska terrain. I felt like I was there. The story like was compelling. I loved every second and didn't want the book to end.
HowUsefulItIs 1 days ago
About: The Great Alone is a historical women’s fiction written by Kristin Hannah. This book will be published on 2/6/18 by St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan, paperback, 448 pages. The genres are historical, women’s, and fiction. My Experience: I started reading The Great Alone on 1/21/18 and finished it on 1/28/18 at 2:50AM. This book is a fantastic read! What a surprise and unexpected treasure. Definitely a book I have been waiting to read for a long time but not knowing where to look or what I want. I love getting to know Alaska. I love all the characters in this story. I like following Leni from her adolescent years until she grows up. I like following Cora’s thoughts and Matthew’s thoughts as well. I love Large Marge! She’s awesome! This book brings all emotions out of me and it’s all worth it. Reading this book makes me feel desperate to watch documentaries about Alaska. I watched the Great Wild North on Netflix to have a clear picture of what living in the bush looks like and to see what a bush plane looks like. I then watched several YouTube videos to see how living off the grid looks like. I also watched Life Below Zero on Netflix to see how life is near the arctic circle and the people that choose to live there. This book is told in the third person point of view following Lenora Allbright aka Leni aka Red, 13, as she tries to fit in at each new school after each move her family made. Her mom, Cora, 30, was a rich girl who defied her parents and quit high school to run away with her boyfriend, Leni’s dad. After Leni’s dad was drafted to war in Vietnam, Leni and her mom struggle to survive and support each other. After her dad comes back from the war and being captured, he grows more impatient and constantly losing his jobs. A final move when Leni’s dad receive a letter to inform them that they are to inherit some land in Alaska and they could move there to live off the land. Leni is a bookworm like us all. Alaska in 1974 is untamed and wild. Roads are unpaved, electricity, running water, and telephone are unavailable. Citizens carry weapons with them at all times. Living off the land is truly as it is and the Allbright’s family will have to hunt for meat and grow vegetables for food and store the extras to prepare for winter. Surviving Alaska in the wild is not the only threat facing Leni. She grows up questioning what love is when love hurts, especially witnessing the volatile of love in her home. Life in the wild unprepared is not the only danger to worry about. This book is very well written and developed. I love the humor and the realistic feel in the remote of Alaska. I like how this book focus on love and what love is. I like how this book shows readers of unhappiness, how Leni thinks she has it worse but then realized that Matthew may have it far more worse than she. I like the variety of characters, rich vs. poor, stability vs. instability, war veterans vs. people looking for an escape, and etc. I love the mother-daughter relationship in this book! I like the imperfection of family. I like how this book shows the real life of family, with money and without. I like Leni’s book haul at the Salvation Army. This book is definitely the best love story I have read and I highly recommend everyone to read it! I rate it 5 stars! xoxo, Jasmine at howusefulitis dot wordpress dot com for more details
Anonymous 2 days ago
I’ve read many Kristin Hannah books, but this one ranks up there with The Nightingale. I spent an entire rainy weekend absorbed in the story and didn’t want it to end.
Anonymous 2 days ago
Her best book so far.
Anonymous 2 days ago
It’s okay. I thought it was too predictable. An easy read if you need a brain break.
Anonymous 3 days ago
Takes you into the story. Beautiful scenery described. Alaska's residents and characters way of survival.
Anonymous 3 days ago
This book is very good. Having lived in Fairbanks for 6 years of my adult life it was fun to remember the magic again. I first picked up this book because I loved “Nightingale.” I found this book to be different but equally enjoyable.
Anonymous 4 days ago
Another great book by this author!!! I could not put the book down and I felt so much emotion for the characters. There are very strong characters having so many obstacles and hardships to deal with. I continue to feel for them long after the last page.