The Great Alone: A Novel by Kristin HannahThe Great Alone: A Novel by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone: A Novel

byKristin Hannah

Hardcover | February 6, 2018

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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.

Kristin Hannah is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the The Nightingale, a major motion picture directed by Michelle MacLaren, and The Great Alone, set in Alaska. Hannah is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Firefly Lane, Winter Garden, Night Road, Fly Away, and Home Front, which has been optioned for film by 1...
Title:The Great Alone: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.48 × 6.44 × 1.38 inPublished:February 6, 2018Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312577230

ISBN - 13:9780312577230

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! An incredible, moving and at times hard to read novel. The setting of Alaska was described so well it felt like I was there. This book moved me to tears multiple times. An incredible story.
Date published: 2019-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book The story of this novel is fantastic, and it kept me reading and wanted to know more. However, I'm only giving it 4 stars because I found the pacing a little all over the place and the book is SO LONG. I don't mean just long like there's a lot of pages, I mean the storyline felt long and there was a few times after I'd read something I'd ask myself, "was that part really necessary?". But still a great book.
Date published: 2018-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking Novel About the Beauty and Brutality of Alaska Another outstanding read by the author of The Nightingale. This one is set in 1970s Alaska. Leni's father is a Vietnam vet suffering from PTSD (although it's not called that) who decides the solitude and isolation of Alaska is what his family needs for a fresh start. However they arrive woefully unprepared, especially for how the long dark winters will affect Leni's father. Kristen Hannah does a masterful job creating an atmosphere that reveals both the beauty and brutality of the Alaskan landscape and its grip on the people who live there. The themes of love and survival (both in all of their forms) and the intrinsic connection between the characters and the landscape remind me very much of ideas that are often explored in Canadian literature. I consumed all 400+ pages in a little under two days because I simply couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great read by Kristin Hannah! After reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, I was excited to start The Great Alone. Hannah develops her characters and setting SO well. While this one was a bit slower for me at the start, I was quickly hooked and needed to find out what was going to happen. The last 100 pages or so really tugged at the heartstrings. Worth the read!!
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Her books are amazing, always a good read. The way she has with words is unbelievable. LOVE reading any books she writes.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kristen Hannah is Once Again Amazing I've been a huge fan of Kristen Hannah ever since she released The Nightingale. She brings a unique, unparalleled style of writing to her work, and her novels stick with you long after you're done reading. The Great Alone is, in my opinion, her best work since.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ IT! I seriously could not put this book down. It was that good that I really hope someone should make a movie.
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth a read I loved The Nightingale so I was eager to pick this one up as soon as it was released. Hannah's writing is wonderful on a sentence level and she does an excellent job of creating a sense of place - in this case, 1970s Alaska. I will say, that the book is quite melodramatic and sometimes reads like a soap opera. That being said, the story and the pacing kept me turning the pages! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read it. It was uncomfortable reading some of the more difficult parts of this book as it contains some family violence but that may have been as it was written so well it felt very real. This is a very different story than Nightingale for those that enjoyed that but equally well done. It delved into the mystique of the far north and it's culture like few other books. I look forward to more of her work.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read it. It was uncomfortable reading some of the more difficult parts of this book as it contains some family violence but that may have been as it was written so well it felt very real. This is a very different story than Nightingale for those that enjoyed that but equally well done. It delved into the mystique of the far north and it's culture like few other books. I look forward to more of her work.
Date published: 2018-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Alone Kristen Hannah's books stay with you long after you have read the last page. I highly recommend giving this story a try as well as The Nightengale and WInter Garden. I enjoyed most of her books and this is one of the better ones.
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! Kristen Hannah has become one of my favourite authors!
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An unexpected surprise I gave this a chance because it was this month's selection for the Modern Mrs. Darcy book club, but otherwise I probably wouldn't have picked it up based on the description alone. I'm so glad that this book fell into my lap because I absolutely loved it. I wouldn't say it was an 'enjoyable' read, but it was definitely thought-provoking and a book that will stay with you after you put it down.
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Kristin Hannah definitely knows how to write. Finished the book in 3 days. Highly emotional, beautiful and really touching
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional I couldn't put this book down, what an emotional rollercoaster. Loved every page.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible book... Emotional rollercoaster! I have nothing but good things to say about this book. It was incredible from start to finish. I found it very hard to read at some points because it made me VERY emotional, but it is a must read for sure! I will likely read this book again sometime down the road because it was that good.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Did not draw me in immediately but.was not long before it did and from that point on it just kept getting better. Extremely sad in some ways because of the difficult life experiences of the main character. Also shows perseverance and loyalty and selfless love.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! I could not put this book down, I have been finished It for a week and am still thinking about it. I absolutely loved the setting, the writing was amazing and I really felt for the characters. I also read the Nightingale and am now determined to read all of Kristin Hannah's books!
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific! Hannah has really captured my senses. Love this book!
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read The book is really interesting.I would recommend it!
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sooo Good It's been a long time since I've read a book that I couldn't put down. When I wasn't able to keep reading it was on my mind. It drew me in from start to finish. I loved it!
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! This is the first book that I've finished in a long time. The story draws you in and keeps you hooked right until the end. It takes you through a real rollercoaster of emotions, making it difficult to put the book down.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heart-wrenching To say this story is simply an emotional ride is an understatement - however - you will endure several intense emotions before you reach the last page.....................and then the story will just stick with you. Keep the tissues handy for some parts...................
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read This book was a vey sad read due to the fact it could happen in realy life
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book ruined my 2018 reading... MUST READ. Hannah has out done herself with this novel. I was hooked from the start. I was completely captivated by the story wanting to read it in a single sitting, but not wanting it to end. It instantly made its way into my top 10 favourite books and is a book that you share with any and everyone that you can convince to read it. SIMPLY AMAZING.
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ This book will blow your mind away and make you so emotional. PLEASE READ.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! What do you do when your father comes back from war and is not the man he was when he left, he returns and becomes an abusive drunk whom your mom won't leave no matter what happens to Her! He moves you both around the country looking for relief from his mind and finally settles you both in Alaska, only no relief is in sight only dark winter nights and more abuse until that night he hits you. Leni finds love, loses love, loses everything at 18. This is a story nobody wants to live, yet many woman, children and even men face this everyday. A very good, well written book that will have you not wanting to put it down and you will think of it even when you do! Well done!
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heart Stopping and Endearing A great book - draws you in and won't allow you to put it down! Truly amazing author.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent story I have read a couple of Kristins books over the years, and this is one of her best. The story is OMG fabulous to read and can't put it down. Reading the story set in the mid-late 70's in Alaska about a family having financial issues moves to Alaska. Fully recommend this book as the story is so so good.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Very Good! Not too many books that "I just can't put down". This was a great read, kept me hooked from beginning to the very last page. Love the characters. This is a favourite right up there with The Nightingale. Defiantly will recommend this one.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So, so good I read The Nightingale and really enjoyed it, and this might even top that one. It's set in Alaska, and Hannah does a magnificent job turning the setting in to a character itself, without overdoing it on needless details. Despite its length, it's a quick read as the story is simply so intriguing that you can't stop reading. I loved it!
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring..... Cant get enough of Kristian Hannah's work! Each book is just better than the previous one! A beautiful creative and truly gifted author
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED it! Beautiful book...just draws you in and doesnt let go....A very inspiring and worthy read!
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I cannot remember ever having tears clouding my vision while reading the last pages of a book. Everything about The Great Alone is wonderful: the characters, the plot, the landscape, the history, and above all the very human storytelling. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this book. It would make a great movie.
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really good transports you vividly into the characters stories
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absorbing story of desperation, loss and hope "The Great Alone" is a powerful novel about the lives of the Allbright family, Cora, Ernt and daughter Leni. Ernt was a POW during the Viet Nam War and returned to his family angry and dysfunctional. They move to the Alaskan wilderness to start anew, but Ernt is unable to function well andcontinues to physically and emotionally abuse his wife Cora Personally, however, I was disturbed by Cora's continued apparent love for Ernt given his behaviour. That said, sadly some women still accept such behaviour from the men in their lives. As the story progresses the reader senses a tragedy is comng. I loved Hannah's "The Nightingale" and was anxious to read this book. The story is absorbing and keeps the readers attention from beginning to end. A very good read.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to put down Well-written and memorable characters indeed. Hard to put down. Great.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC! I am so glad that I read this book! It is so well written! I had trouble putting it down and the characters stayed with me long after I did! I will read more of the books written by Kristin Hannah!
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful wonderful, wonderful book. Couldn't put it down! Fully recommend
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kristin Hannah does not disappoint! A little bit of a slower start, but I was hooked and I couldn't put the book down. There is something so enjoyable about the way Kristin Hannah writes. I already cannot wait until her next book.
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THIS A wee bit of a slow start for me, but wow, once you start learning more about the characters in the family you will not be able to put it down.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My New Favourite! I fell in love - right away. Added to my list of my favourites.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes. Everyone should read this. The feels were real, the story was good, and Kristin Hannah did NOT disappoint. YES.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing it has been added to my faves!
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok The story flows so effortlessly and it has so much originality
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An emotional journey Wow. Kristin Hannah packs a punch with The Great Alone. Set primarily in Alaska in the 70's, Hannah introduces us to the Allbright family - Ernt, Cora, and Leni. Ernt has returned from Vietnam and is suffering from PTSD (an unknown diagnosis in the seventies). Struggling to return to regular American life, Ernt moves his family to Alaska, completely unprepared for the harshness of the landscape and winter, and the sense of community they discover there. We follow the Allbright family on an incredible journey of self discovery and sorrow. An emotional novel, Hannah does a beautiful job of developing three-dimensional and meaningful characters. She uses the landscape of Alaska to shape her characters and provide a sense of home. Themes of abuse, home, and family fluidly run throughout the novel. This is also a page turner - I could not wait to get to it every day. I have recommended it to many friends, and I look forward to delving further into Hannah's works. Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC of this novel in exchange for review.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE Absolutely amazing book! the story line is intriguing the whole way through. I love the way Kristin writes her books, she is able to draw the reader in and make them feel all the possible emotions when reading a book! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow, awesome books! “One thing every child of a POW knew was how easily people could be broken.” My only experience with Kristin Hannah was with The Nightingale, I believe it was her first venture into historical fiction - it made my best of 2015 list. (My review can be found here). When I saw The Great Alone was coming out I jumped at the chance. Having visited Alaska on a cruise once it wasn’t hard for me to visualize so much of the landscape with its remoteness, harsh weather element as well as beautiful scenery. What I loved about this book, other than the location was the time period. The lack of modern electronics was a plus for me. With virtually an untamed landscape, it was a time when cruises and tour groups were sparse. I appreciate the research that went into this book. It wasn’t just the landscape with vivid descriptions of the various seasons but what the residents endured, the struggles of 18 hours of daylight and 18 hours of darkness. Even those not suffering from PTSD had to find ways to cope. The author put me in those scenes of darkness and despair as well as appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature. The synopsis above does a great job outlining this wonderful book. The Great Alone opened my eyes and gave me a clearer view of PTSD, it helped me to understand this condition and see how Ernt would grasp at anything for a new beginning. But Alaska back in that time, where authority is scarce and limited phone service is asking for trouble, he was so focused on himself and the present forgetting to look ahead. “He needs a chance. A new start. We all do. Maybe Alaska is the answer.” Leni is great character, she misses so much of her childhood, forced to grow up before her time and along with her mother live a life walking on egg shells. Getting inside her head, feeling the raw emotions of this young girl had me connecting right from the first pages. This is a capivating coming of age story, it was a pleasure to read and hard to put down. They are many layers to The Great Alone, a story of survival, heartache and challenges. It is one of those books that will stay with me for a long time. This was one of my last books of 2017, making my ‘best of 2017’ list. Many thanks to St Martin’s Press (via Netgalley) for and advanced copy.
Date published: 2018-01-04

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Great Alone:An instant #1 New York Times bestseller (February 2018) | A 2018 Indie Next Pick One of...Southern Living's "Books Coming Out This Winter That We Can't Wait to Read"Pop Sugar's "10 Most Anticipated Books of 2018"Working Mother's "Most Anticipated Books of 2018"Brit & Co's "Most Anticipated Books of 2018"Seattle Times' "Books to Look Forward to in 2018"The Everygirl's "10 New Novels to Read this Winter"Refinery 29's "Best Books of February"BuzzFeed's "Most Anticipated Women's Fiction Reads of 2018""Featuring a rich cast of characters and elevated by the riveting portrayal of homesteading in Alaska in the 1970s, this is a compassionate story of a family." -People, "Book of the Week""This epic atmospheric novel examines humans' will to endure the unthinkable." -Real Simple magazine"There are many great things about this book...It will thrill her fans with its combination of Greek tragedy, Romeo and Juliet-like coming of age story and domestic potboiler. She recreates in magical detail the lives of Alaska's homesteaders...and is just as specific and authentic in her depiction of the spiritual wounds of post-Vietnam America. A tour de force." -Kirkus (starred review)"Hannah vividly evokes the natural beauty and danger of Alaska and paints a compelling portrait of a family in crisis and a community on the brink of change." -Booklist"Reliably alluring...The Great Alone is packed with rapturous descriptions of Alaskan scenery. Hannah remembers and summons an undeveloped wilderness, describing a gloriously pristine region in the days before cruise ships discovered it." -New York Times"In this latest from Hannah, the landscape is hard and bleak but our young heroine learns to accept it and discover her true will appreciate the astuteness of the story and the unbreakable connection between mother and child." -Library Journal"Hannah skillfully situates the emotional family saga in the events and culture of the late '70s... But it's her tautly drawn characters-Large Marge, Genny, Mad Earl, Tica, Tom-who contribute not only to Leni's improbable survival but to her salvation amid her family's tragedy." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Hannah turns the written word into wonderful prose...Times are difficult for so many in this novel and Hannah captures their suffering with sensitivity. The author expertly shows how love, death and birth run the full circle of life." -RT Book Reviews Praise for The Nightingale:"Haunting, action-packed, and compelling."-Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author"Absolutely riveting!...Read this book." -Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Director of the University of Miami Holocaust Teacher Institute"Beautifully written and richly evocative." -Sara Gruen,#1 New York Times bestselling author"A heart-pounding story." -USA Today"A respectful and absorbing page-turner." -Kirkus Reviews"Tender, compelling...a satisfying slice of life in Nazi-occupied France." -Jewish Book Council"Expect to devour The Nightingale in as few sittings as possible; the high-stakes plot and lovable characters won't allow any rest until all of their fates are known." -Shelf Awareness" unforgettable portrait of love and war."-People