The Great Alone

The Great Alone

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When her volatile, former POW father impulsively moves the family to mid-1970s Alaska to live off the land, young Leni and her mother are forced to confront the dangers of their lack of preparedness in the wake of a dangerous winter season.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780312577230
0312577230
Branch Call Number: F HANNAH
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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jamieannlee9
Nov 15, 2018

Wow! This is not a book I would normally pick but I love this author and this one did not disappoint. Her writing keeps the reader completely engaged and invested in this family, leaving you feeling like you are right there with them.

IndyPL_CarriG Oct 27, 2018

An utterly compelling book with a strong sense of place, The Great Alone fleshes out Alaska and makes it the central character. This book is long but reads very quickly - just a warning, avoid if you are sensitive to scenes of violence against women.

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judithhanson26
Sep 26, 2018

quite sad story most of the way. best appreciated with on-the-ground experience in Alaska to know the reality of long nights and cold temps up there.

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peacebenow
Sep 19, 2018

I wanted to like this book more as "The Nightingale" but I was relieved when it was done. Enjoyed descriptive Alaska references but didn't enjoy the inevitable outcome caused by this dysfunctional family.

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donna
Sep 13, 2018

I wasn't overly impressed, though I did enjoy the Alaskan wilderness references. Found it very "Nicholas Sparks" like. There's obviously a market for it, but for me, it wasn't worth the stress of trying to finish it before the two week due date.

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mlegates
Sep 10, 2018

If this isn’t the worst book I’ve ever read, it comes very close. I did give it one star for the eatatic descriptions of Alaska but the plot sucks. It’s melodramatic and tedious at the same time, absolutely devoid of humour or irony. Don’t waste your time.

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Eil_1
Sep 08, 2018

A completely compelling and heart-wrenching story of a family dealing with as yet unidentified PTSD. Cora, the mother, who is emotionally dependent on her abusive husband and Leni, who must live in the shadow of the severe disfunction of her parents. Alaska is a land that will make or break an individual. This is the portrayal of 3 people trying to survive and not break. It is a very enjoyable book.

OPL_MaggieP Aug 24, 2018

My most favorite book of 2018 by far and possibly the best book I've read in the last few years. Hannah's ability to craft believable, authentic characters is staggering and she manages to make the Alaskan wild both terrifying and magical. I found myself not wanting this one to end.

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MHanover10
Aug 19, 2018

Once again Kristin Hannah ripped my heart open and changed it. This time Lenny and her parents move to Alaska in 1974 when Lenny was 13. Ernt was a POW from the Vietnam War. He had demons that came out and made him paranoid. He got angry at the government and he took his anger out on his wife. They were on the edge of civilization in a village that had no electricity and you were lucky to survive winter and you spent summer preparing for winter. It's a story about love, danger, dangerous love, heartache and death. But then it also is about hope and moving forward. This is beautifully written. I was pulled into the lives of the characters. I fell in love with them. I cried for them. I smiled for them. There is one moment in the book that I had to stop listening while drive to lunch with a friend because I thought I was going to be a sobbing mess as I arrived to the restaurant. This is the first time I have listened to a Kristin Hannah book. The narrator did a great job of bringing emotion to the characters. I LOVED Large Marge. If you have never read a Kristin Hannah book you must. She is a great storyteller.

ArapahoeDianeM Aug 18, 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.

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firebird770
Sep 11, 2018

This story of life in Alaska evolves around a family (the Allbrights') Ernst, his wife, and Leni, their Daughter who move up to Alaska after Ernst is left the property by a friend he knew during the Vietnam War. Ernst suffered from PTSD and creates havoc and fear whereever he goes. I was unable to put the book down; an excellent read and well recommended.

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ArapahoeMaryA Mar 13, 2018

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

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