The Great Alone

The Great Alone

Book - 2018 | First U.S. edition
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Lenora Allbright is 13 when her father convinces her mother, Cora, to forgo their inauspicious existence in Seattle and move to Kaneq, AK. It's 1974, and the former Vietnam POW sees a better future away from the noise and nightmares that plague him. Having been left a homestead by a buddy who died in the war, Ernt is secure in his beliefs, but never was a family less prepared for the reality of Alaska, the long, cold winters and isolation. Locals want to help out, especially classmate Matthew Walker, who likes everything about Leni. Yet the harsh conditions bring out the worst in Ernt, whose paranoia takes over their lives and exacerbates what Leni sees as the toxic relationship between her parents. The Allbrights are as green as greenhorns can be, and even first love must endure unimaginable hardship and tragedy as the wilderness tries to claim more victims.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2018
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780312577230
Branch Call Number: FIC Hann
Characteristics: 440 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Feb 25, 2020

This was my first Kristin Hannah book, and I have to say that I really, really enjoyed it. The story deals with a lot of difficult topics (abuse, trauma, and loss), but if you’re able to get through it I think it’s definitely worth the read. The writing was so effortless, and I found myself getting lost in it and reading for hours on end. This book was pretty bleak at some points, but I think that might have been the point. Throughout the story we’re told that Alaska is unforgiving, the winters dark, and that not many people can handle the tough lifestyle, and that’s exactly how I felt while reading some parts of the story. I think Kristen Hannah did a phenomenal job with this book, and I cannot wait to pick up some of her others.

Also, I don’t know how it’s possible, but Kristin Hannah made me fall in love with a place I’ve never even been to. Anyone up for a trip to Alaska?

Feb 08, 2020

recommended by one of my cousins. A guy takes his family to Alaska.

_McGeek_ Feb 04, 2020

Great book, really glad I read it, off the grid Alaska living in the 70's is an incredibly interesting setting, and Kristin Hannah nailed it (I read in the acknowledgments her family homesteaded there and many of them currently live there, so not surprising she was so great at capturing those Alaska feels). In saying that, the parent's characters were, I felt, a bit over the top, but you be the judge for yourself, because this book is definitely worth a read!

Jan 27, 2020

The part about nature and life in Alaska is good. The rest is soap opera.

Jan 07, 2020

A good read., sometimes going on a bit too much about the complexity of lives in the family. However, the author perfectly described the small towns of Alaska, and the hardships faced living there. The ending was perfect with Lenny returning home with her son to reunite with her love.
Definitely 8/10

Dec 28, 2019

A book set in alaska

Dec 26, 2019

One of the biggest soap operas I have come across. Good lord. I kept looking down at my audio book and thinking, "ELEVEN more chapters left?!" The mother character was weak in my opinion, the whole abusive relationship part was way overdone. I couldn't finish it.

Dec 26, 2019

Good, but very typical KH writing. A little simple.

Dec 10, 2019

Kept my attention, didn't care for the Cora character at all, nuff said

Dec 05, 2019

There isn’t an adjective existing, whether positive or negative, that can’t be applied to this book. There were times, many actually, when I didn’t want to turn to the next page, but I did anyway. That was the only way to reach the end.

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May 22, 2019

“Such a thin veil separated the past from the present; they existed simultaneously in the human heart. Anything could transport you - the smell of the sea at low tide, the screech of a gull,the turquoise of a glacier-fed river. A voice in the the wind could be both true and imagined.“

Dec 20, 2018

“Books are the mile markers of my life. Some people have family photos or home movies to record their past. I’ve got books. Characters. For as long as I can remember, books have been my safe place.” - p. 240

Dec 20, 2018

“Love and fear. The most destructive forces on earth. Fear had turned her inside out, love had made her stupid.” - p. 284

Dec 20, 2018

“Alaska doesn’t attract many; most are too tame to handle life up here. But when she gets her hooks in you, she digs deep and holds on, and you become heres. Wild. A lover of cruel beauty and splendid isolation. And God help you, you can’t live anywhere else.” - p. 347

ArapahoeMaryA Mar 13, 2018

You know what they say about finding a man in Alaska—the odds are good, but the goods are odd.


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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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Mar 05, 2019

pmeadows2020 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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