The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone

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 rip...


Details The Great Alone

TitleThe Great Alone
Author
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction
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Reviews The Great Alone

  • Deanna
    2017-11-07
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... Wow!! This was a FANTASTIC novel. There is no way anyone could have pried this book from my hands while I was reading it. Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors and I am always excited when a new book is going to be released. When I found out that her new book, “The Great Alone” was set in Alaska in 1974 (the year I was born); I was itching to get reading. As the b...
  • Emily May
    2017-10-31
    All this time, Dad had taught Leni how dangerous the outside world was. The truth was that the biggest danger of all was in her own home. This book completely stole my heart. Maybe it's just more fresh in my mind, but I'm pretty sure I enjoyed The Great Alone even more than Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale. In fact, it was verging on a five-star read for me until the final few chapters-- which I felt were too rushed and more sentimental than I pe...
  • Melissa
    2017-08-15
    *3.5 stars*When it comes to emotionally compelling fiction, without a doubt, Kristin Hannah is in a league of her own. Over the years, she’s taken me to the brink of hopelessness, dangled me over the edge of complete devastation and trampled my heart in the process. Where I think her magic lies is in knowing just the right moment to toss out a lifeline—restoring faith, inciting love and in some cases, leaving me in complete and utter awe.Natu...
  • abby
    2018-01-23
    Kristin Hannah wrote 70% of a novel and then 30% of a soap opera.I know this isn't likely to be a popular opinion. Hannah is an incredibly popular writer whose books sell into the millions. This might be a case of "it's not you, it's me." The same problems I found in her sentinel work The Nightingale came back to haunt The Great Alone: weak female characters, use of death and tragedy as plot devises, and an overwrought, melodramatic narrative. Pe...
  • Angela M
    2017-10-27
    “Were you ever out in the Great Alone, when the moon was awful clear, And the icy mountains hemmed you in with a silence you most could hear; With only the howl of a timber wolf, and you camped there in the cold, A half-dead thing in a stark, dead world, clean mad for the muck called gold; While high overhead, green, yellow and red, the North Lights swept in bars? — Then you've a hunch what the music meant. . . hunger and night and the ...
  • Paromjit
    2017-11-18
    This is my first read by Kristin Hannah and I adored it. Set in the 1970s, it is about Ernt Allbright, a man who returns home to Seattle after being a POW in the Vietnam War. He is now a changed man, suffering sleepless nights, flashbacks, nightmares and volatile in his behaviour. PTSD was an undiagnosed condition at the time but it ravaged Ernt's life and that of his wife, Cora, and his 13 year old daughter, Leni. The Allbright family used to ha...
  • KAS
    2018-02-14
    One thing is for sure, Kristin Hannah, hands down, is a talented author who can weave a tale. I have read many of her previous novels and always found them to be beautiful and thought provoking. This one, however, rubbed me the wrong way.Forewarning: This storyline deals with a lot of heavy issues, the most serious and horrific, physical abuse. I am trying my best to keep spoilers out of this review.Just so you know where my thoughts are coming f...
  • Elyse
    2018-01-24
    Kristin Hannah fans will be more than satisfied!!! I found the story a little predictable- and not all characters as layered as I would have liked, yet the sincerity in which Kristin wrote this novel is admirable and beautiful....with much to respect for taking on these serious themes. Kristin’s heart and passion is mixed between all her words on every page. The writing flows with emotional intimacy.This story is told through the eyes of Leni, ...
  • Larry H
    2018-02-25
    Oh, man, this book.In 1974, the world was turned upside-down, what with Vietnam, the gas crisis, Watergate, and so much more to cause people to feel unsettled. Thirteen-year-old Leni Allbright knew these feelings all too well, but more because her father, Ernt, a Vietnam POW, has never quite been the same since he returned from being captured during the war. Leni watches the almost all-consuming love her parents have for each other, which is exac...
  • Diane S ☔
    2017-10-05
    Book coincidences. I always read multiple books at the same time, always have. So, I was reading History of Wolves, and because I had paper Arcs of both books and wanted to pass them on, I also started this one. Both deal with the trauma of war, but this one was set in Alaska, and I love books set in cold climates. It is the seventies and Ernt, who came back much changed from Vietnam, can't seem to settle. Moving his small family from place to pl...
  • Carol
    2017-11-20
    OH BOY. ALASKA. THE GREAT ALONE. KRISTIN HANNAH grabbed my attention from the get-go with her freaky cold (Brrrrrrrr) descriptively atmospheric novel set in a remote 1970's Alaska where "you can make one mistake, but the second one will kill you"......literally. THE FIRST HALF of the story introduces the reader to the Allbright family and the shock of their unimaginably dangerous and unpredictable new life in the wild.LIVING ROUGH (Yikes!) in the...
  • Jen
    2018-02-27
    I think Kristen Hannah is like a fine wine. With each new novel, she gets better and better. Thirteen year old Leni and her parents move to the Alaskan wilderness as a possible solution to her dad's illness. He suffers from PTSD having returned from Vietnam broken, with an extreme vision and little survival skills.Once the harshness of winter sets in, the human spirit is tested in a family whose relationship is already in a delicate balance; the ...
  • Susanne Strong
    2018-02-17
    4 Stars.Alaska, 1974: This is the story of the trials and tribulations of the Allbright family. Life has not been easy for Ernt, Cora or their daughter Leni. Ernt is a POW, home from Vietnam. He is now prone to fits of anger and extreme violence. Ernt considers alcohol to be his savior – yet for his wife and daughter, it is the devil.After coming home from the war, Ernt feels as though he doesn’t fit in anywhere and that everyone is against h...
  • Linda
    2017-10-30
    Like a curved, upturned palm, Alaska beckons with her beauty, her majesty, and her prolific grandeur. The awe-inspiring allure gestures first until the ruggedness of her backbone sets in.The Allbright family lives on the edge of a nomad's existence. Seattle, once filled with promise, no longer does. It's 1974 and these displaced individuals are the walking wounded. Ernt bears the mental and physical scars of being a prisoner of war held in Vietna...
  • Julie
    2018-04-20
    The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah is a 2018 St. Main’s Press publication. Alaska- beautiful, harsh, dangerous, addictive-After Ernst comes home from Vietnam, he flounders, suffering from what we would now term, PTSD. His wife, Cora, sees a much different man in front of her than the one she married. But, she is determined to help him, and so when he inherits a home in Alaska, she and their thirteen -year old daughter, Leni, follow him into unch...
  • Arah-Lynda
    2018-02-24
    There’s gold, and it’s haunting and haunting;It’s luring me on as of old;Yet it isn’t the gold that I’m wantingSo much as finding the gold.It’s the great, big, broad land ‘way up yonder,It’s the forests where silence has lease;It’s the beauty that thrills me with wonder,It’s the stillness that fills me with peace. Robert ServiceThis book got me to thinking about why I read and at times it would seem I have as many answers as t...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    2018-02-28
    *4.5 stars* rounded up for The Great Alone!THE GREAT ALONE by KRISTIN HANNAH is an absolutely wonderful, spellbinding, powerful, tense, touching, and heartbreaking domestic family drama story that was an all-consuming and emotional read for me.  I was totally captivated with what I was reading and it was extremely hard for me to put down.  I couldn’t think of anything else but this story and I don’t think I have felt so many different emoti...
  • Karen
    2018-01-14
    5 Stars for The Great Alone... Alaska. It’s 1974 and a family of three, including a father mentally traumatized by his service in the Vietnam War, move to Alaska to a forty acre plot of land left to him by a fellow soldier who never made it out.Life there is so hard and very bleak. This story is fast paced, and riveting. The characters so beautifully brought to life. Such an atmospheric read, I am so happy that I was able to read this at a time...
  • Nat
    2018-02-10
    “And you,” Large Marge said. “What’s your story, missy?”“I don’t have a story.”“Everyone has a story. Maybe yours just starts up here.”I was on the look-out for a novel set around quiet people, and The Great Alone looked like one to fulfill that promise with “the harsh, uncompromising beauty of Alaska.” Plus, the mention of exploring PTSD in the father figure piqued my interest.The bonus was when I started reading the boo...
  • Cheri
    2018-02-08
    4.5 Stars ”Well she seemed all right by dawn's early lightThough she looked a little worried and weak.She tried to pretend he wasn't drinkin' againBut daddy'd left the proof on her cheek.And I was only eight years old that summerAnd I always seemed to be in the waySo I took myself down to the fair in townOn Independence Day.“Well ,word gets around in a small, small townThey said he was a dangerous manBut mama was proud and she stood her groun...
  • Liz
    2018-03-08
    Some plans just have “bad idea” written all over them. This would include Ernt’s plan to take his family to Alaska in 1974. Ernt, a Vietnam vet and ex-POW, is suffering from what we now call PTSD. But back then, there was no diagnosis or treatment. The story is told from the perspective of his daughter, Leni. When they arrive in Alaska, everyone tries to prepare them. To tell them how hard it’s going to be. How one mistake can be fatal. B...
  • Theresa Alan
    2017-12-01
    This is a breathtakingly well-written novel. At only thirteen years old, Leni has already been bounced from school to school, city to city. Her father returned from Vietnam after being a POW a damaged man who is unable to control his nightmares—or his temper, causing him to get fired from job after job. When he learns that a war buddy of his left him a house in Alaska, Ernt is sure this time happiness will be theirs, so he packs up his daughter...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    2018-04-07
    4.5 stars! Beautiful. Emotional. Atmospheric. Heart-wrenching. Stunning. Raw. Intense. I love Kristin Hannah’s writing! I’ve been a fan of her for years, but fell absolutely head over heels in love with her writing after reading The Nightingale. Though I wouldn’t class this book as highly as my love for The Nightingale, it was still an extremely powerful and thoroughly enjoyable novel that I truly loved reading. This story revolves around t...
  • Christine
    2018-07-24
    To me, the number one criterion for a book to be deemed superior is that it makes me feel, really feel. The Great Alone went one step further and utterly ripped my heart out.This is Leni’s story. We follow her, with some skips in time, from 1974 to 1986. We also get a short epilogue in the form of a letter written in 2009. Leni’s life is difficult and often harrowing. It is also very rewarding. Much of the book covers Leni’s time as a young...
  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*
    2018-01-31
    4.5 starsI was a bit out of my usual comfort zone as far as reading genres when I came to this book. When I was about 5 percent into the book I was loving it, but as I got just a little bit further I thought to myself, "if I wasn't committed to reading this for NetGalley, I'd move onto something else." However, after taking a deep breath and persevering with the book, I came away with a healthy admiration for this author's writing. I've held the ...
  • ⇢Eryn
    2018-02-25
    5/5~~This book completely broke me. I mean, it's wonderful, but also so terrible and heartbreaking. I swear, I don’t think I’ve felt this many emotions from a book in a long, long time. It made me feel happiness, sadness, rage and love — sometimes all at the same time.It’s funny how I ordered this book purely because of it's lovely cover and because it was about Alaska (I’m in a random stage where I want to move there). And now it’s o...
  • Maxwell
    2018-01-06
    The Great Alone begins in 1974. Ernt Allbright is a Vietnam POW who is struggling with finding his place in society once again while trying to cope with the traumatic experiences he had in battle. His idea: to escape to a small Alaskan village where he's been left a piece of property by another vet who didn't make it back from war. He decides to move his family—wife, Cora, and daughter, Leni—to this town of a few dozen people to rough it. But...
  • Lisa
    2018-01-16
    The Great AloneKristin HannahMY RATING ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐PUBLISHER St Martin’s PressPUBLISHED February 6, 2018A spellbinding family drama of survival set on the wild and rugged side of the Kenai peninsula of Alaska. SUMMARYIt’s 1974, gas prices are up, the country had been divided over the Vietnam war, and women had begun to disappear in Washington State without a trace. Leni Allbright, 13, was the new girl at another new school, with no friends...
  • Malia
    2018-04-08
    3.5 stars“Leni saw suddenly how hope could break you, how it was a shiny lure for the unwary. What happened to you if you hoped too hard for the best and got the worst?”― Kristin Hannah, The Great AloneI am of two minds when it comes to this book. On one hand, it is compulsively readable; on the other, it is relentlessly bleak. Basically everything bad and frustrating that could happen, does happen, and after 435 pages, it gets exhausting. ...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    2018-02-19
    I started off lost in the dark and cold, heart and soul desolate coulee surrounded by frozen sheets of ice with two of my Traveling Sisters reading The Great Alone. Not wanting to get out as Norma and two more of our TS joined in reading and discussing this one with me. This lead to a very interesting and insightful discussion as we shared our thoughts on this story. As the discussion progressed I started to see things differently and had more of...