The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
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An instant #1 New York Times bestseller (February 2018)!

"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.


  • Great read!

    By bkreaderrrrr4444r
  • Well Done

    By JeffKBS
    So well written. The author has such a way with descriptions. Similar to Nightingale I was drawn into the rich characters and writing. Despite the sadness a gripping endearing novel.
  • Loved this book

    By Cmh bearby
    I really loved everything about this book, the characters, the story, the setting. I was happy with how everything turned out for Leno. It really kept my interest through the storyline.
  • Absolutely magnificent!

    By Kimmek51
    One of the all time best books I’ve read, at times I didn’t want to read on, afraid of the words to come but no way to stop myself from turning the next page. The story grabs you immediately and intensely, gives you hope, fear laughter and love on every page.
  • Loved it

    By SCEnglishteacher
    Hannah writes with such vivid imagery. Her description of Alaska and the events made me feel like I was experiencing the hardships and triumphs in the novel. I could not put this book down.
  • Fast read

    By Alishal1
    A little dragged out in the end but overall a fantastic story.
  • The Great Alone

    By 57lac03
    What a well written and interesting book! I have been to Alaska but this gave me a whole new perspective. I highly encourage you to read this book! Lisa C.
  • The Great Alone

    By Mtell333
    Great read!
  • Stopped halfway through

    By buehler1990
    Could not take one more page of stupidity and abuse. Every time I thought something would change it just got worse.
  • Great book

    By Leahcat123
    Loved every page. She’s just a terrific writer. Highly recommend. Liked it as much as The Nightingale.