The Great Alone

The Great Alone

Large Print - 2018
Average Rating:
34
1
Rate this:
Lenora Allbright is 13 when her father convinces her mother, Cora, to move from Seattle 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 Lenora's classmate Matthew Walker. 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.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018
Edition: Center Point large print edition
ISBN: 9781683247005
1683247000
Characteristics: 647 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
large print.,rda

Opinion

From Library Staff

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 »


From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

lauz32 Apr 17, 2018

This was a fantastic read! I have always enjoy Kristin Hannah's books, and this one was no exception. She really described the harsh realities of living off the land in Alaska, "a place where people go to escape from the real world". A great novel of resiliency, bravery with a little bit of a love story thrown into the mix. Trigger warning for domestic violence.

m
Marcley
Apr 15, 2018

I really loved this book!!! Kristen Hannah did an excellent job researching Alaska and the time period this story is set in. The detailed descriptions of the Alaska landscape & beauty is remarkable. I have been to Alaska and it is truly magnificent.
We see the main character grow from a 13-year old girl into a young woman, who has endured and survived many difficult and tragic experiences. This book tackles the subjects of PTSD (after Vietnam) and also Domestic Abuse. The Mother-Daughter bond is amazing and I cried a few times, thinking of my daughter and myself. I could not put this book down, once I started reading it. Great story and so well written.

l
lgraf
Apr 09, 2018

What an incredible story! Loved the descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness. Had many twists & turns....couldn't put it down! I'm definitely going to put Alaska on my "bucket list"! Kristin Hannah is amazing author!

b
barbdenman
Apr 07, 2018

Hannah did not disappoint in her newest novel! The Great Alone was rich in story plot, character development, and her beautiful descriptions of Alaska scenery took my breath away. This book has a lot of darkness too - but I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a good story, mixed with some suspense, and has the ability to read it to the end. You won't be able to put this book down once you start!

r
robin_24
Apr 04, 2018

Even though it is a darker story than I usually prefer I couldn't put ths book down! The author describes the details of the era, the locations and the emotional interaction to a perfection.

d
dollface_1
Mar 31, 2018

I loved this book as I love most of Hannah's books. The first book of hers that I read was The Nightingale. It made my top ten of all that I have read. I have since read almost all of her books, and enjoyed them all. The Great Alone was well worth the read, recommend it highly.

c
CountryGranny
Mar 26, 2018

This is one of the best books I have ever read. It was hard for me to read in parts because of tears...but I finished it and can't get it off of my mind. It is a story of mother-daughter love, abuse, PTSD, and a true and lasting love. This is the 2nd book I have read by this author and I plan to read them all.

p
pktab
Mar 24, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I didn't think I would like it, especially given the length of the book; however, I've been a Kristin Hannah fan for many years and have always enjoyed her books. Lately, especially with The Nightingale, show growth in writing her stories. Totally recommend. It was a "hard to put down" book!

c
Cher_Mad511
Mar 20, 2018

Really enjoyed! At times dark and depressing, but couldn't put it down toward the end.

m
melaniemckinley
Mar 18, 2018

I hated this book. Beautifully descriptive, as Kristin Hannah always does, but dark and depressing, and honestly got boring. Same thing repeated over and over. No joy. No light. I couldn't even finish it which is very rare for me. I was looking forward to this book. I love this author but her last couple of books have gotten more heavy, this was just too much.

View All Comments

Quotes

Add a Quote

AL_MARYA Mar 13, 2018

You know what they say about finding a man in Alaska—the odds are good, but the goods are odd.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at WCLS

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top