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The Great Alone: A Novel

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (February 6, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312577230
  • ISBN-13: 30
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • #94 in Family Life Fiction (Books)

Review An Amazon Best Book of February 2018: In Kristin Hannah’s
The Great Alone, a damaged vet named Ernt Allbright returns from Vietnam and
moves his family to the wilds of Alaska to start their lives anew. Initially
it’s a welcome change, but as winter approaches, and Ernt’s mental state
deteriorates, his wife and daughter find themselves in an increasingly
precarious position. Leni and Cora are the heart of what is as much a mother-
daughter love story as it is a pressure cooker of a page-turner. Together they
reckon not only with the elements, but with some bad decisions, born from the
stubborn faith that Ernt will somehow be restored to the person he was before
the war. It’s a testament to Hannah’s compassionate storytelling that you’ll
be hard-pressed to call him a villain; Ernt actually shares the same Achilles
heel as the rest of the Allbright clan: they do not know how to ask for, or
receive, help (so much so, you just want to shake them). Fortunately the
cavalry comes anyway, including a homesteader named “Large Marge” who doesn’t
suffer fools (or domestic abusers). The muse of The Great Alone is clearly
Alaska–in all its untamed, stunningly beautiful, dangerous glory. It provides
the perfect backdrop for an equally dramatic tale, one that feels remarkably
current for the 1970s setting. But Hannah’s latest also harkens to her mega
bestselling The Nightingale: it highlights the heroics of everyday people,
especially women. And it’s just a damn good read. –Erin Kodicek, Amazon Book
Review Read more From School Library Journal Set in 1974 Alaska, this sweeping
tale follows a girl coping with the dangers of domestic violence. Though ill-
prepared for the extreme and harsh conditions, 13-year-old Leni and her
parents, Ernt and Cora, have to learn how to survive in the unforgiving wild
of their new home on the Kenai Peninsula. With the help of the small-knit
community of endearing fellow homesteaders, the Allbrights manage to just
barely stay afloat. But Ernt, who has never recovered from the trauma of
fighting in the Vietnam War, struggles with the isolation and the interminably
dark days of winter. Leni grows up witnessing her father (who is increasingly
unable to control his paranoia and jealousy) abuse her beloved mother. Leni’s
greatest comfort and escape is her schoolmate and neighbor Matthew. Over the
years, their friendship evolves into a forbidden romance. Hannah highlights,
with vivid description, the natural dangers of Alaska juxtaposed against
incongruous violence. VERDICT Give to teens who loved the author’s The
Nightingale and to fans of Jodi Picoult.—Tara Kehoe, Charlotte Mecklenburg
Library, Charlotte, NC Read more See all Editorial Reviews












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