The Great Alone (Hardcover)

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I had never given much thought about Alaska before I read this book and now I feel as if I used to live there. The landscape (and a character or two) goes between mortal hostility and a welcome embrace. This is not a gentle story. It is full of hard-won survival, grit, and beauty. I love these characters and the edge of the world where they chose to restart their lives despite the tremendous odds against them. The story is immersive and compelling. Hannah gets so many things right that a lesser writer might miss.  I came to The Great Alone as a new reader of Kristin Hannah's work and am now a devoted fan. 

— From Melanie's Picks

Description


"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.

About the Author


Kristin Hannah is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the The Nightingale, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Michelle MacLaren. Her latest novel is The Great Alone, set in Alaska. Hannah is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Firefly Lane, Winter Garden, Night Road, Fly Away, and Home Front, which has been optioned for film by 1492 Films (producers of the Oscar-nominated film The Help) with Chris Columbus attached to write, produce, and direct. She is the mother of one son and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest.

Praise For…


“Bound to gain the already immensely popular Hannah an even wider audience [...] best-selling Hannah’s new novel is positioned to take the book world by storm.” —Booklist

“[A] hauntingly rich WWII novel about courage, brutality, love, survival - and the essence of what makes us human.” —Family Circle

“Full of emotion and heart.” —Library Journal

“Expect to devour The Nightingale in as few sittings as possible; the high-stakes plot and lovable characters won’t allow any rest until all of their fates are known.” —Shelf Awareness
Product Details
ISBN: 9780312577230
ISBN-10: 0312577230
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Pages: 448
Language: English