The Great Alone

The Great Alone Summary

In Kristin Hannah’sThe 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.

Book Reviews


Heart Wrenching!5 star

This is a most read! The emotions this book gave me tore me apart! I have never felt so angry, sad, happy, and distraught all in one book. On top of that I now want to visit Alaska! Great characters, such an amazing story! I can’t recommend it enough. You will binge read this book.55


Wonderful!5 star

Really enjoyed this read!55


Good read4 star

Exhausting and good45

Lynne OC

Best of Hannah yet!5 star

Unbelievably moving, emotional, raw and descriptive. It makes you yearn for Alaska…55


Loved this book!5 star

A novel that is hard to put down. I read for hours!55


MUST READ!5 star

AMAZING! Brought me through every emotion! I couldn’t put the book down! At moments I was smiling, laughing, crying, absolutely shocked, and thrilled! Maybe my favorite book!!!55

zannie reed

Sad to Finish The Great Alone5 star

Captivating story for any reader, but for me, a special connection to the War in Viet Nam and the damage it wrought in the young men who fought and died and the ones who fought and survived.55


The Great Alone5 star

Terrific story. Author creates believable characters & sets them in believable situations & challenges. Good read.55


The Great Alone5 star

Have read! As most of Kristin Hannah’s book, it’s hard to put down! Loved it!55


This book will repeatedly take you apart & put you back together again ...5 star

Literally my life: “For as long as I can remember, books have been my safe place.” It’s hard to not like a book that has that to say, or a fictional young adult with that sort of wisdom. Love and fear. The most destructive forces on earth. Fear had turned her inside out, love had made her stupid.” That quote is definitely befitting of this story. There’s no way I could find the words to do this reading experience justice so I’ll just say it packs real feels … all of them. Those of family love, friendship, loyalty, romantic love, complete and utter heartbreak and repeated satisfaction. This is one of those reads where the characters can be so frustrating … but I found their end results extremely satisfying. Very well played and I love how complete this tale is, it did not leave me wanting more. Would love to see this made into a movie or mini-series. 5 stars. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Note: I listened to the audiobook; 5-star performance.55

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