The Great Alone

The Great Alone

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In 1974, thirteen-year-old Leni Allbright's volatile, unpredictable father Ernt makes an impulsive, desperate decision: he will move the family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the land in a spectacular wilderness. As the vast Alaskan landscape grows smaller and smaller in the darkness, Ernt's fragile mental state deteriorates, and the dangers outside of their remote homestead pale in comparison to the danger within. On their small piece of land, miles from anyone, Leni and her mother, Cora, learn what all Alaskan homesteaders learn: they are on their own.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781250229533
Characteristics: 440 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm.


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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 Ala... Read More »

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Jul 30, 2020

I could not put this book down. I often feel like novels end before before I’m ready, but this author did a great job and weaving a compelling and complete story.

Jul 11, 2020

Told by 13 yr old Leni of life in off grid Alaska with PSTD Father and Mother she's giving total support; loves Father too. Complex well developed story of may aspects of mental illness, radicalism, survival skills, and heart of others established living in the off-grid Alaska. Centers around Leni's family, family of the PSTD Father's fallen comrade-in-war people who willed them the property, and numerous people that have been established in off grid Alaska.

manciaux Jun 04, 2020

Loved it! Yes, there was a lot of drama, but I got sucked in. Leni is the character that kept me reading. I felt very invested in the characters and have found myself missing them since finishing the book. To me, that's a great story, and great storytelling.

Jun 03, 2020

Recommendation from Sally

May 22, 2020

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Apr 16, 2020

One of my favorite all-time books is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. This novel did not deliver for me. If you want to read about the reality and hardship of living in remote Alaska and then add to that a story of extreme domestic abuse, then this will fit the bill.

Feb 25, 2020

This was my first Kristin Hannah book, and I have to say that I really, really enjoyed it. The story deals with a lot of difficult topics (abuse, trauma, and loss), but if you’re able to get through it I think it’s definitely worth the read. The writing was so effortless, and I found myself getting lost in it and reading for hours on end. This book was pretty bleak at some points, but I think that might have been the point. Throughout the story we’re told that Alaska is unforgiving, the winters dark, and that not many people can handle the tough lifestyle, and that’s exactly how I felt while reading some parts of the story. I think Kristen Hannah did a phenomenal job with this book, and I cannot wait to pick up some of her others.

Also, I don’t know how it’s possible, but Kristin Hannah made me fall in love with a place I’ve never even been to. Anyone up for a trip to Alaska?

Feb 08, 2020

recommended by one of my cousins. A guy takes his family to Alaska.

_McGeek_ Feb 04, 2020

Great book, really glad I read it, off the grid Alaska living in the 70's is an incredibly interesting setting, and Kristin Hannah nailed it (I read in the acknowledgments her family homesteaded there and many of them currently live there, so not surprising she was so great at capturing those Alaska feels). In saying that, the parent's characters were, I felt, a bit over the top, but you be the judge for yourself, because this book is definitely worth a read!

Jan 27, 2020

The part about nature and life in Alaska is good. The rest is soap opera.

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May 22, 2019

“Such a thin veil separated the past from the present; they existed simultaneously in the human heart. Anything could transport you - the smell of the sea at low tide, the screech of a gull,the turquoise of a glacier-fed river. A voice in the the wind could be both true and imagined.“

Dec 20, 2018

“Books are the mile markers of my life. Some people have family photos or home movies to record their past. I’ve got books. Characters. For as long as I can remember, books have been my safe place.” - p. 240

Dec 20, 2018

“Love and fear. The most destructive forces on earth. Fear had turned her inside out, love had made her stupid.” - p. 284

Dec 20, 2018

“Alaska doesn’t attract many; most are too tame to handle life up here. But when she gets her hooks in you, she digs deep and holds on, and you become heres. Wild. A lover of cruel beauty and splendid isolation. And God help you, you can’t live anywhere else.” - p. 347

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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Mar 20, 2019

This book is every bit as good as Nightingale. I got so involved with the characters that, at times, I had to put the book down because it made me so anxious and nervous about what was going to happen to them. I can't wait to read another of Kristin's books. 5 star rating from me!

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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Mar 05, 2019

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