The Great Alone

The Great Alone

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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
0312577230
Branch Call Number: FIC HANNAH 2018
Characteristics: 440 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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laphampeak
Apr 23, 2018

Hannah has a way of drawing the reader into the characters as they change and grow with and because of circumstance. The setting in remote backwoods Alaska was an interesting backdrop to a once wandering family composed of a damaged, ex-vet, wife-beating husband, a wife stuck in the codependent love of him, and a daughter who fast learned the way of the land as well as having to grow up fast. Combine this family with their new community members, shake things up, and you have a great mix for a story that you won't put down.

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pishposh9
Apr 21, 2018

I loved The Nightingale, but this repetitious tale was a trifle boring. I skimmed through a lot and was glad when it ended.

lauz32 Apr 17, 2018

This was a fantastic read! I have always enjoy Kristin Hannah's books, and this one was no exception. She really described the harsh realities of living off the land in Alaska, "a place where people go to escape from the real world". A great novel of resiliency, bravery with a little bit of a love story thrown into the mix. Trigger warning for domestic violence.

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Marcley
Apr 15, 2018

I really loved this book!!! Kristen Hannah did an excellent job researching Alaska and the time period this story is set in. The detailed descriptions of the Alaska landscape & beauty is remarkable. I have been to Alaska and it is truly magnificent.
We see the main character grow from a 13-year old girl into a young woman, who has endured and survived many difficult and tragic experiences. This book tackles the subjects of PTSD (after Vietnam) and also Domestic Abuse. The Mother-Daughter bond is amazing and I cried a few times, thinking of my daughter and myself. I could not put this book down, once I started reading it. Great story and so well written.

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lgraf
Apr 09, 2018

What an incredible story! Loved the descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness. Had many twists & turns....couldn't put it down! I'm definitely going to put Alaska on my "bucket list"! Kristin Hannah is amazing author!

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barbdenman
Apr 07, 2018

Hannah did not disappoint in her newest novel! The Great Alone was rich in story plot, character development, and her beautiful descriptions of Alaska scenery took my breath away. This book has a lot of darkness too - but I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a good story, mixed with some suspense, and has the ability to read it to the end. You won't be able to put this book down once you start!

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robin_24
Apr 04, 2018

Even though it is a darker story than I usually prefer I couldn't put ths book down! The author describes the details of the era, the locations and the emotional interaction to a perfection.

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dollface_1
Mar 31, 2018

I loved this book as I love most of Hannah's books. The first book of hers that I read was The Nightingale. It made my top ten of all that I have read. I have since read almost all of her books, and enjoyed them all. The Great Alone was well worth the read, recommend it highly.

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CountryGranny
Mar 26, 2018

This is one of the best books I have ever read. It was hard for me to read in parts because of tears...but I finished it and can't get it off of my mind. It is a story of mother-daughter love, abuse, PTSD, and a true and lasting love. This is the 2nd book I have read by this author and I plan to read them all.

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pktab
Mar 24, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I didn't think I would like it, especially given the length of the book; however, I've been a Kristin Hannah fan for many years and have always enjoyed her books. Lately, especially with The Nightingale, show growth in writing her stories. Totally recommend. It was a "hard to put down" book!

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AL_MARYA 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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