The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah - Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone

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The Great Alone Book Summary

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.



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The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah Book Reviews

  • Doesn’t live up to the hype. (summer reader 79)

    I really wanted to like this book, but it was disappointing. While some of the descriptions of scenery and people are engaging and evocative, the writing feels really flat overall — characters are one dimensional, plot developments are predictable, and complex problems and situations are resolved simplistically and unrealistically. I continued reading because I wanted to hear the ending, but the writing often distracted me from enjoying the book.
  • Life’s too short for this ridiculous book (EK reviews)

    Mediocre writing, little to no character development, relentlessly brutal and depressing. Such a disappointment. I stuck with it at first because of the allure that it might get better - and it was neat to get a glimpse of life in rural Alaska - but overall it was absolutely not worth the time. Find another book!
  • Had to break up with this book (AnnaLeeHarding)

    I wanted to love this book. I’ve read a few other books by this author and enjoyed them. She clearly has a gift for describing life in Alaska, as she had lived there and the story echoes some of her upbringing. However...it drones on and on...and on...I couldn’t bear to read more about the alcoholic father whose tantrums progressed into destroying everything around him. I found myself dreading the read...which isn’t the point of reading for me. I quit the book a few times. I eventually made it to the midway point and finally got tired of the story. All the wilderness details couldn’t save it for me. I just assumed the father would self-destruct, karma would have its way with him-blah blah...I won’t spoil it for you but you can see the ending coming from about chapter 3. Out of curiosity...I read the final chapter...and sure enough, my predictions were correct. I’m glad I didn’t waste more of my life muddling through the muckity -muck of it.
  • Deep and moving (Carrioki)

    Well written and a great story and a great read! I recommend it!
  • Hoping for adventure (Rosaki1113)

    Gah! I usually love books about people adventuring into far flung places. Sadly, this book read like the author imagining Alaska, not actually having ever been there. And then the loooong drawn out drama of the abusive Father. You just wanted it to be over! I dragged myself through the last half of the book, which just killed any enjoyment I got out of the first half.
  • Emotion (ShellAva16)

    I am an avid book reader and Iv never been so emotional reading a book. This story hit so close to home for me and I couldn’t put it down. I cried, I laughed, I cried, I was frustrated, I cried, I got angry, I cried some more. I didn’t want it to end and I know it will be a book I will read over and over for years to come.
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  • Great Read (CustomGirl)

    This book was great! It will forever be in my collection of books I could read over and over again.
  • Loved (Agarfinkel)

    Loved this book. Favorite book of 2018.
  • One of the Best (CCH Reader)

    Excellent!

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