The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 473 Ratings
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An instant #1 New York Times bestseller (February 2018)!

"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.


  • A book about lonliness and human compassion

    By waldhaus1
    I found myself enjoying this book intensely. The description of a battered wife was in ways almost to academic - too much by the book. The batterer was given the excuse of having spent time as a POW in Vietnam. While I have no doubt that was an ordeal for him what I know of abusive men tells me it revealed whatever was already there. I really loved the descriptions of Alaska and the challenges of living there - more in the 70s than now I imagine. Yet Alaska is still a challenge for those who make a home there. Twice I have had the pleasure of staying out near the base of Denali, of being able to watch the moon over the peak and the sun rise over the mountain. It is rugged country and still a wilderness. I had the pleasure of spending 4 days at a lodge on the Kenai just getting a taste for the area. Many things happen in the story and Hannah does an excellent job of drawing the reader in. There are surprises, unexpected turns and twists, but the essential hummanity of the people is what shines through. I almost have to wonder can people really be that good? You have to read and decide for yourself.
  • Not sure what y’all are reading.........

    By PDX rules
    Garbage, from beginning to end.
  • It’s been a long time

    By Mmmooommmmmmyyy
    Wow. Its sad how great books like this are so few and far between. My advise would be to hunker down and enjoy this beautiful saga.
  • Fantastic

    By Kaimana72
    I loved the descriptive nature in which Kristen Hannah explained living in the Alaskan bush. As a former Alaskan, I was transported back there. Great read.
  • Disappointing

    By nelsoncmazsb
    I usually love Kristin's books but I wasn't a big fan of this one. It didn't pull me in like her other books. I found myself thinking that it was a little unbelievable at times and to predictable. It was readable but not great.
  • Awesome as always

    By Keepmesafe
    I found myself up late into the night as I couldn’t put it down.
  • The worst book from Kristin Hannah

    By Manderjeane
    I have enjoyed so many books from Kristen Hannah, but this one went on and on and on and it was a horrible story with no real goodness in it. The only reason I finished it because I was hoping for something that I never received. And because I paid for it which I thought was too much money, but I hoped it would be a good story. I am so disappointed in this book. I am hoping that she writes more meaningful stories than this book. I couldn’t wait for it to end.
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    By Pharoah06
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  • Great read !

    By @stonestreet93
  • The Great Alone

    By Peter 14
    An extraordinary story. An exceptional storyteller!