The Great Alone

The Great Alone

Book - 2018
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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, 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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780312577230
Branch Call Number: HAN
Characteristics: 440 pages ; 25 cm


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Feb 21, 2018

Tedious, repetitive . Aside from the descriptions of the landscape I was REALLY tired of all the characters by the time I finished. Yawn

Feb 18, 2018

This is a great story. The descriptions are so on that you felt you were in the cold desolate part of Alaska where these people went to live to get away from the horrors and fears of the father.
This is a story of a man suffering from PTSD, before it was identified and the pain he suffered and unfortunately inflicted on others. Their life in Alaska was far from ideal in many ways, but Leni adapted and grew stronger. This book was as good as "Nightengale" and well worth the wait. I have long read her books and have never been disappointed by any of them. Great storyteller.

Feb 15, 2018

I was only able to get half way with this book and finally gave up!

Feb 13, 2018

I love her books and have waited in anticipation of another good read, but by page 160 of this book I am very tired of hearing how much Cora loves her husband even though he is a violent person. I will continue to read this story and hope that the storyline changes. I tried to finish the book but by page 236 I couldn't read anymore. It was repetitive and sad. I will wait for the movie.

Feb 11, 2018

The Nightingale and The Great Alone are both being made into movies by Tristar/Sony
pictures. Hannah consulting. Nightingale will be released January 2019. This not nearly as good as The Nightingale though. I found it got tedious in the middle but I finished it.

Feb 11, 2018

If I could give a higher rating I would. Kristin Hannah did it again. I began The Great Alone, Saturday evening, read it straight through until the early hours of Sunday. Great descriptive characters and story, brought Alaska and the travails of the family to life. Found myself holding my breathe a number of times, wondering what would happen next.

Feb 05, 2018

Another grand story by Kristen Hannah. The Alaskan landscape is wonderful.

Jan 25, 2018

This was a really good read. Kristin Hannah can be relied on to tell a great story about family struggles. I thought the characters were well done and the descriptions of life in Alaska were beautiful to read. . This will be an easy book to recommend for 2018.

Jan 08, 2018

Featured in "Great Reads Book Club" Canadian Living Jan/Feb 2018 issue

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