The Great Alone: A Novel


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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.

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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576 pages

Average rating: 8.31




Community Reviews

May 06, 2024
10/10 stars
Excellent book! It provokes so many emotions.
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Apr 25, 2024
9/10 stars
I absolutely loved this book. Fantastic building of the characters. I was able to visualize life in Alaska so well based on the author’s writing. So well done!
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Mar 21, 2024
8/10 stars
I am not sure I agree with the title and I definitely think the book descriptions is misleading and does not do the book justice. This book is about the growth and development of Leni, a 14 year old girl devoted to her family and the impromptu decision her father shakes her world with to move them to the wilderness and isolation of small town Alaska. We follow Leni and how the relationship between her and her father, her mother and her first love shapes her. This book was enjoyable in the discovery of character development but it should be advised there are many sensitive topic triggers.
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Mar 18, 2024
10/10 stars
This book had me so emotionally invested it was all I could think about until I finished it.
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Mar 06, 2024
As a DV survivor, this book was therapeutic
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