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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  • 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)

  • The Great Alone- Great all around (kahucks)

    Loved this book. It made me smile and swoon. It also make me cry, but it ended well. It reminded me why I love books so much.
  • Alaskan Wilderness Effect (BrerBearPlace)

    The Great Alone, deeply disturbed me, as I have been drawn to wilderness my whole life and yet I knew how the wild could threaten and bring out the ugly (and amazing) in me. This book digs into a whole lot of painfulness, especially from a female perspective while showing hope and love as finally victorious. Read it and see what comes up for you!
  • Amazing story (rockyroad888)

    I could not put this book down, I felt entranced by every plot turn. The hardest I have ever cried reading a book. This is my second Kristin Hannah book (Nightingale was the first) and she has made me addicted to reading!
  • The Great Alone (Ralphnun1)

    In the very beginning I thought to myself.....” I just can’t get into this book “ but I continued on and believe me when I say that this book was possibly the best book I have ever read. What a marvelous story!!!! It made me smile, made me very nervous and made me cry, but the ending was everything you could ever want. Stick with it certainly won’t regret it.

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