The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
A Novel

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review

“The Great Alone” is packed with rapturous descriptions of Alaskan scenery, which are the most reliably alluring part of it. Hannah remembers and summons an undeveloped wilderness, describing a gloriously pristine region in the days before cruise ships discovered it.
-NY Times

Synopsis

An instant #1 New York Times bestseller!

"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.

 

About Kristin Hannah

See more books from this Author
Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of many acclaimed novels, including Fly Away, Firefly Lane, Winter Garden, Magic Hour, Comfort & Joy, The Things We Do for Love, Between Sisters, Angel Falls, Waiting for the Moon, When Lightning Strikes, If You Believe, Once in Every Life, The Enchantment, and A Handful of Heaven.
 
Published February 6, 2018 by St. Martin's Press. 435 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Romance. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
icon5
Rank this week
icon1
Peak Rank on Mar 18 2018
icon8
Weeks as Bestseller
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The Great Alone
All: 1 | Positive: 0 | Negative: 1

NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Feb 01 2018

“The Great Alone” is packed with rapturous descriptions of Alaskan scenery, which are the most reliably alluring part of it. Hannah remembers and summons an undeveloped wilderness, describing a gloriously pristine region in the days before cruise ships discovered it.

Read Full Review of The Great Alone: A Novel | See more reviews from NY Times

Reader Rating for The Great Alone
89%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 841 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×