The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 2,361 Ratings

Description

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.

Reviews

  • One of the Best

    5
    By CCH Reader
    Excellent!
  • The Great Alone- Great all around

    4
    By 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

    5
    By 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

    5
    By 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

    5
    By 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 people....you certainly won’t regret it.
  • The Great Alone

    5
    By mlstuvland
    Kristin Hannah never disappoints. The Great Alone drew me in and I couldn’t put it down. Finished it in three days. What a touching story of the human spirit and the kindness of strangers. As well as reminder of the power of forgiveness. All set in the state of Alaska that the author so beautifully describes in vivid detail. I know want to visit Alaska someday soon!
  • Beautifully written story

    5
    By Chacachow
    I enjoyed this book so much. It made me laugh, cry and it left me on the edge of my seat. I generally hate books about the wilderness but I enjoyed this book about the trials of romance and family in Alaska. I recommend this book for people everywhere.
  • The Great Alone

    5
    By AuntyWords
    This book had me hooked from the very beginning. It just kept getting better and better as I went along. It was very descriptive and very well done. Almost made me want to move to Alaska! I highly recommend it.
  • Wonderful!

    5
    By Jaelyn5
    I’ve never left a review for a book before but I almost didn’t buy this book because the one review I saw was that it’s the worst book Kristin Hannah has ever wrote. There were so many highs and lows in this book. So many amazing turns that you didn’t see coming. I’ve never cried so hard from reading a book, after falling in love with the character! But the book. It’s great!
  • Very Slow

    1
    By Kawilliams57
    We are 8 hours into listening to this book and nothing of interest has happened yet. Giving up!