The Great Alone

An instant #1 New York Times bestseller (February 2018)!

"A TOUR DE FORCE." —Kirkus (starred review)

Alaska, 1974.
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown.

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they 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 Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. 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. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska—a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.

The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah Summary

Kristin Hannah (born September 25, 1960) is an American writer, who has won numerous awards, including the Golden Heart, the Maggie, and the 1996 National Reader's Choice award...

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Another book that I couldn’t put down.5 star

The author has an amazing ability of making the reader care about her characters. The characters are so well developed that if you close your eyes you can almost see and hear them like they are real people. The story was riveting and packed with actual location in and around Homer Alaska and the Kenai peninsula. I have told every reader I know about this wonderful piece of historical fiction. Now to find another book by Kristin Hannah. 55


Beautiful5 star

This story was beautiful. I highly recommend this book. I couldn’t put the book down. It reflects every human emotion. 55


Loved all of it 💛5 star

I just love Kristen Hannah’s stories. I love the details and the strong characters. This one does not disappoint. 55


The Great Alone5 star

This book was hard to put down. The characters were real and let you live with them. I am never disappointed when I read this authors books. L. Golden 55


Another great Kristin Hannah novel5 star

I couldn’t put this book down. It’s a wonderful story of love, how complicated life can be, of forgiveness, of the love between a mother& her child, of loss and renewal. Ms. Hannah has created characters with depth, sympathy. The story of life in Alaska was fascinating. One thing - have tissues handy, the end of this story will get your tears flowing. Highly recommend! 55


Not to be missed5 star

Such a beautifully crafted story that I didn’t want to end. I fell in love with some of the characters and hated others! The landscape and travails of Alaska were so realistically described. One of my favorite books ever!! 55


Engrossing5 star

I fell in love with the characters in this book. I’m a Man, but I will admit I was brought to tears at certain points in the novel.....and I very much want to see Alaska! 55


“The Great Alone”4 star

****** MAJOR SPOILER*********** I loved this book. Loved everything about it until Matthew’s fall and subsequent TBI. (Traumatic Brain Injury). Initially the author’s portrayal of Matthew’s injury is correct. And then he shows to be severely brain-damaged- unable to communicate, confined to bed. And this seems to go on for several years. That is a baseline catastrophic TBI. Brain cells don’t regenerate. For Leni to return with MJ approx 5-6? years after the accident and have him walking and talking and showing mild cognitive delays is not realistic and I had a large problem with believability. Yes, I’m a psych RN; and I just know better,but very disappointing at the end of a great book. Meggie610 45

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My Favorite Book This Year5 star

I loved The Great Alone so much and felt incredibly connected to the characters while reading. Couldn’t put it down! 55


Disappointing3 star

I usually love Kristin's books but I wasn't a big fan of this one. It didn't pull me in like her other books. I found myself thinking that it was a little unbelievable at times and to predictable. It was readable but not great. 35


Awesome as always5 star

I found myself up late into the night as I couldn’t put it down. 55


The worst book from Kristin Hannah2 star

I have enjoyed so many books from Kristen Hannah, but this one went on and on and on and it was a horrible story with no real goodness in it. The only reason I finished it because I was hoping for something that I never received. And because I paid for it which I thought was too much money, but I hoped it would be a good story. I am so disappointed in this book. I am hoping that she writes more meaningful stories than this book. I couldn’t wait for it to end. 25


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Great read !5 star

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An extraordinary story. An exceptional storyteller! 55


I Cried5 star

This book has become one of my favorite novels of all time. I was lucky enough to spend a few years in Alaska and I miss it dearly. I feel Alaska calling me back and this novel was able to let me escape my current city life and take me back to those memories in the land of the midnight sun. Thank you for this novel, it will forever hold a special place in my heart and I will recommend it to anyone and everyone, forever and always. 55


An amazing, emotional read!5 star

The book started a bit slow, but once the story starts to unfold you won’t be able to stop until you’re done! Keep the tissues handy! 55

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Loved the Adventure5 star

I was captivated from the beginning. I couldn’t put it down. I loved the characters. I was transported to Alaska. Thank you. 55


Heartfelt!!5 star

This was the eighth book of Kristin Hannah's that I have read, and true to her brilliant storytelling, the characters became real. I got lost in their lives, loves, tragedies, happiness and adventures. I didn't want to stop reading it. Now on to another Hannah book! 55

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