The Great Alone: A Novel

March 15, 2018

A second #1 New York Times bestseller (February 2018)!

“A TOUR DE FORCE.” —Kirkus (starred review)

Alaska, 1974.

For a family in crisis, the greatest test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a transformed and volatile guy. When he loses still another job he makes a spontaneous decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they’ll live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a woman coming of age in a tumultuous period, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy connection, dares to trust that a new territory will result in a better future for her loved ones. She’s desperate for somewhere to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the guy she loves, even if means pursuing him to the unknown.

Initially, Alaska appears to be the reply to their own prayers. At a crazy, distant corner of this country, they locate a mutually separate community of powerful guys as well as more powerful girls. The long, sunlit days along with also the generosity of the natives compensate to the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

However, as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s delicate mental condition deteriorates and the household starts to fracture. Shortly the perils outside light compared to threats from inside. In their little cottage, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of nighttime, Leni and her mom learn the terrible fact: they’re independently. From the wild, there’s not any one to rescue them.

In this memorable portrait of human frailty and endurance, Kristin Hannah shows the indomitable nature of this contemporary American pioneer as well as the soul of some vanishing Alaska–an area of incomparable beauty and threat. The Great Alone is a bold, beautiful, stay-up-all-night narrative about loss and love, the struggle for survival, and the wildness that resides in both nature and man.

The Great Alone: A Novel

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