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 edition
ISBN: 9780312577230
0312577230
Characteristics: 440 pages ; 25 cm

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Leni and her troubled family embark on a new way of life in Alaska’s wilderness in 1974 – hoping this is finally the solution for her troubled, POW father. In Alaska, Leni and her family are tested and when change comes to their small community her father’s anger threatens to explode and divide t... Read More »


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mjk236sb
Feb 18, 2018

This is a great story. The descriptions are so on that you felt you were in the cold desolate part of Alaska where these people went to live to get away from the horrors and fears of the father.
This is a story of a man suffering from PTSD, before it was identified and the pain he suffered and unfortunately inflicted on others. Their life in Alaska was far from ideal in many ways, but Leni adapted and grew stronger. This book was as good as "Nightengale" and well worth the wait. I have long read her books and have never been disappointed by any of them. Great storyteller.

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Debbr2
Feb 15, 2018

I was only able to get half way with this book and finally gave up!

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lupodog
Feb 13, 2018

I love her books and have waited in anticipation of another good read, but by page 160 of this book I am very tired of hearing how much Cora loves her husband even though he is a violent person. I will continue to read this story and hope that the storyline changes. I tried to finish the book but by page 236 I couldn't read anymore. It was repetitive and sad. I will wait for the movie.

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molly
Feb 11, 2018

The Nightingale and The Great Alone are both being made into movies by Tristar/Sony
pictures. Hannah consulting. Nightingale will be released January 2019. This not nearly as good as The Nightingale though. I found it got tedious in the middle but I finished it.

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Jessi52
Feb 11, 2018

If I could give a higher rating I would. Kristin Hannah did it again. I began The Great Alone, Saturday evening, read it straight through until the early hours of Sunday. Great descriptive characters and story, brought Alaska and the travails of the family to life. Found myself holding my breathe a number of times, wondering what would happen next.

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bookhangover
Feb 05, 2018

Another grand story by Kristen Hannah. The Alaskan landscape is wonderful.

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becker
Jan 25, 2018

This was a really good read. Kristin Hannah can be relied on to tell a great story about family struggles. I thought the characters were well done and the descriptions of life in Alaska were beautiful to read. . This will be an easy book to recommend for 2018.

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ronandlynda
Jan 08, 2018

Featured in "Great Reads Book Club" Canadian Living Jan/Feb 2018 issue

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