The Great Alone

The Great Alone

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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.

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


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JCLSteveC Mar 29, 2021

A well written adventure with intense situations.

LCPL_Vivian Mar 08, 2021

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah is a hard-hitting historical fiction that is set in Alaska. It's a survival story, but the characters are trying to endure more than just the weather. The father in the story has PTSD from the Vietnam war, and he becomes very toxic and abusive to everyone around him. The story mainly follows Leni, his daughter, and the struggles she goes through while living in Alaska with what seems like no escape...until she meets Matthew Walker. I really enjoyed it, but I wouldn't recommend it to just anyone. There are many content warnings, so proceed with caution when picking this up.

Mar 07, 2021

I loved Kristin Hannah's Nightingale, and this one was equally as awesome. It had adventure, romance, strong women (and one weak link), and huge insight into life living in Alaska. One also got a inside look at domestic abuse. I love fiction with a dose of education. Terrific read!

Feb 15, 2021

This was a very good life adventure story and although the abusive and social issues were near the forefront of the story, they did not overpower the whole. I appreciate that. Thanks for a good read.

Feb 09, 2021

I loved this book so much! I'm having a hard time deciding whether I liked this one or Hannah's other book, The Nightingale, more. It is that good! The story never lagged and there were times that I was anxious reading it because I knew something pivotal was on the horizon. Reading it during the winter when snow is on the ground is an extra treat to being transported to the harshness and beauty that is Alaska.

Feb 03, 2021

I highly recommend this book. If you are looking for a book that tells you about the place: Alaska, maybe this book is not for you. But if you want to read about a life journey of someone's, this is very interesting and a good story line. (I think.) A lot of subjects are not easy to handle but I believe all those subjects are happens everywhere around the world.
I am looking forward to reading more of Hannah's books.

Jan 13, 2021

If you would like to read about an alcoholic, abusive man, his co-dependent wife and the daughter that has to live with them then this is for you. It is not about Alaska. It is written in a mediocre style for a young adult. Very disappointing!

Jan 06, 2021

I really enjoyed this book but there is some definitely dark content and there were times the scenes were a bit hard to read. Loved where it ended though.

Dec 28, 2020

Writes beautifully about Alaska. Its cold, desolation yet warm community, and how the people survive. The book however, was too predictable. For all the beauty in the book, the domestic violence was too dark a contrast. Did not enjoy the novel as much as her last one, The Nightingale.

Dec 11, 2020

recommended by kay

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LCPL_Krystyna Oct 28, 2020

“All at once, it seemed, the leaves of cottonwood trees around the cabin turned golden and whispered to themselves, then curled into black flutes and floated to the ground in crispy, lacy heaps.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 28, 2020

“And the books! She’d never seen so many. They whispered to her of unexplored worlds and unmet friends and she realized that she wasn’t alone in this new world. Her friends were here, spine out, waiting for her as they always had.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 28, 2020

“You don’t stop loving a person when they’re hurt. You get stronger so they can lean on you.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 28, 2020

“He taught her something new about friendship: it picked right back up where you’d left off, as if you hadn’t been apart at all.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 28, 2020

“I think you stand by the people you love.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 28, 2020

“It’s scary that people can just stop loving you, you know?”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 28, 2020

“like all fairy tales, theirs was filled with thickets and dark places and broken dreams, and runaway girls.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 28, 2020

“Alaska isn't about who you were when you headed this way. It's about who you become.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 28, 2020

“... home was not just a cabin in a deep woods that overlooked a placid cove. Home was a state of mind, the peace that came from being who you were and living an honest life.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 28, 2020

“Love and fear. The most destructive forces on earth. Fear had turned her inside out, love had made her stupid.”

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Mar 20, 2019

This book is every bit as good as Nightingale. I got so involved with the characters that, at times, I had to put the book down because it made me so anxious and nervous about what was going to happen to them. I can't wait to read another of Kristin's books. 5 star rating from me!

Sep 11, 2018

This story of life in Alaska evolves around a family (the Allbrights') Ernst, his wife, and Leni, their Daughter who move up to Alaska after Ernst is left the property by a friend he knew during the Vietnam War. Ernst suffered from PTSD and creates havoc and fear whereever he goes. I was unable to put the book down; an excellent read and well recommended.


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LCPL_Krystyna Oct 28, 2020

Other: death of a parent, alcoholism, depression, ptsd

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 28, 2020

Violence: domestic abuse


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Mar 05, 2019

pmeadows2020 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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