The Great Alone summary by Kristin Hannah (Author)
A family in crisis, a young girl who struggles with both her family and her own survival, and much endurance, The Great Alone is a story set on America’s last frontier.
The time is 1974, when Ernt Allbright loses another job, at the end of his wit, and makes the impulsive decision of moving the whole family to the North. In hope of searching for peace, the family now settles in Alaska where spectacular wilderness will soothe their souls.
At any rate, the volatile and unpredictable nature of the father lands the family in an undesirable situation. At first, they feel consolidation from the hospitality of the local people and the sunlight that shines eighteen hours a day of the Alaskan summer. But then winter comes, and they know why it is that some must flee Alaska. Darkness suffocate more and more of the area every day, Ernt gets more and more fragile mentally, and the crisis inside the family mounts far more than the dangers that lurk outside. As every neighbor lives miles away, Cora the mother, and Leni the daughter of the family, learns that in Alaska, everyone fights on their own. So far from civilization, no one is there to save them.
A fragile family that is torn beyond endurance in an epic and cruel backdrop, The Great Alone tells the story of how a portion of Americans live. As grim as the plot sounds, the story celebrates the strength of women and the resilience of humans altogether. The book’s best feature is perhaps Hannah’s thorough illustration of Alaska, along with the romance at the story’s core. Amid the tragedy of the family, Leni finds her salvation.
Praise for The Great Alone:
An instant #1 New York Times bestseller (February 2018) | A 2018 Indie Next Pick
Southern Living's "Books Coming Out This Winter That We Can't Wait to Read"
Pop Sugar's "10 Most Anticipated Books of 2018"
Working Mother's "Most Anticipated Books of 2018"
Brit & Co's "Most Anticipated Books of 2018"
Seattle Times' "Books to Look Forward to in 2018"
The Everygirl's "10 New Novels to Read this Winter"
Refinery 29's "Best Books of February"
BuzzFeed's "Most Anticipated Women's Fiction Reads of 2018"
"Featuring a rich cast of characters and elevated by the riveting portrayal of homesteading in Alaska in the 1970s, this is a compassionate story of a family." ―People, "Book of the Week"
"This epic atmospheric novel examines humans' will to endure the unthinkable." ―Real Simple magazine
"There are many great things about this book...It will thrill her fans with its combination of Greek tragedy, Romeo and Juliet-like coming of age story and domestic potboiler. She recreates in magical detail the lives of Alaska's homesteaders...and is just as specific and authentic in her depiction of the spiritual wounds of post-Vietnam America. A tour de force." ―Kirkus (starred review)
"Hannah vividly evokes the natural beauty and danger of Alaska and paints a compelling portrait of a family in crisis and a community on the brink of change." ―Booklist
"Reliably alluring...The Great Alone is packed with rapturous descriptions of Alaskan scenery… Hannah remembers and summons an undeveloped wilderness, describing a gloriously pristine region in the days before cruise ships discovered it." ―New York Times
"In this latest from Hannah, the landscape is hard and bleak but our young heroine learns to accept it and discover her true self...fans will appreciate the astuteness of the story and the unbreakable connection between mother and child." ―Library Journal
"Hannah skillfully situates the emotional family saga in the events and culture of the late ’70s... But it’s her tautly drawn characters―Large Marge, Genny, Mad Earl, Tica, Tom―who contribute not only to Leni’s improbable survival but to her salvation amid her family’s tragedy." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Hannah turns the written word into wonderful prose...Times are difficult for so many in this novel and Hannah captures their suffering with sensitivity. The author expertly shows how love, death and birth run the full circle of life." ―RT Book Reviews
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"Beautifully written and richly evocative." ―Sara Gruen,#1 New York Times bestselling author
“A heart-pounding story.” ―USA Today
"A respectful and absorbing page-turner." ―Kirkus Reviews
"Tender, compelling...a satisfying slice of life in Nazi-occupied France." ―Jewish Book Council
“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
"Powerful...an unforgettable portrait of love and war."―People