The Great Alone

The Great Alone

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In 1974, when thirteen-year-old Leni Allbright's volatile, unpredictable father Ernt makes an impulsive, desperate decision: he will move the family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the land in a spectacular wilderness. As the vast Alaskan landscape grows smaller and smaller in the darkness, Ernt's fragile mental state deteriorates, and the dangers outside of their remote homestead pale in comparison to the danger withinches On their small piece of land, miles from anyone, Leni and her mother, Cora, learn what all Alaskan homesteaders learn: they are on their own.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780312577230
Characteristics: 440 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm.

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Though smaller in scope than her previous blockbuster, in this tightly focused drama, Hannah vividly evokes the natural beauty and danger of Alaska and paints a compelling portrait of a family in crisis and a community on the brink of change.

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 Ala... Read More »


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maggiepcurtis
Jun 17, 2018

What a great read! Fantastic story of discovering yourself, young love and family

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Jun 12, 2018

I found this book to be so real that you felt you really knew the characters.
Thank you Kristin Hannah for a great novel and a real game changer.

JenniferG_OshLib May 23, 2018

This book made me cry no less than three times. That rarely happens. It’s interesting, too, as there was a point I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue reading it. It’s possible the topic was a bit difficult for me in that it was realistic and not part of a thriller or murder mystery, where I might expect it. Ernt did frustrate me to no end, and I couldn’t figure out why his family put up with him for so long, but I realized they didn’t have much of a choice, and really, neither did he.

The writing is honest and straightforward, and the author truly makes you fall in love with the Alaska wilds. I loved Leni’s character and how strong and realistic she was. There was a scene at the end that almost changed my opinion as it was rather trite, but the moments prior to it were enough for me to let it go. Overall, this book surprised me, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed “All the Light We Cannot See” or “The Alice Network.”

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weezie1
May 10, 2018

One of the best books I have read. The story line and characters were great. Living in Alaska will bring out the best in you or the worst in you. It is a great life and full of love for family & friends. I could not put this book down and the ending will keep yu on your toes. Happy Reading!!!!

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annphi
May 06, 2018

The premise was a familiar theme if one has read The Glass Castle. A good read, a bit of a departure from Kristin Hanna's previous works but enjoyable. It would be difficult for any of her future novels to captivate the reading world as The Nightingale continues to do so,finding new readers and praise.

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Bookskh
May 02, 2018

This book was so good I hated for it to end!!! It was so descriptive of Alaska that I felt like I was really there!! I have always liked Kristin’s books but after this one, I am going to make sure I read every one of hers!!!

johnston54 Apr 30, 2018

Enjoyed the characters in this book, and the visual descriptions of Alaska.

ArapahoeMaryA Apr 25, 2018

The Great Alone will hook you with its compelling contemporary family drama, but its atmospheric prose will reel you in and hold you spellbound.

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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.

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ArapahoeMaryA 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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