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 it 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
I love Kristin Hannah, there I said it. There has not been one book of hers I haven’t loved and in fact she has written some of my favorites like The Winter Garden and Firefly Lane. I have been counting down the days until her newest book came out which was finally last week, YAY! And the day it came out I picked it up! This book is so vivid I felt as if I was in Alaska in 1974, I would really love to know how she researched so much of this book because it was so technical in many ways. This is a family drama that spans over 20 years of this family. It wasn’t what I was expecting in many ways but I loved it. I read this book really fast because I just had to know what was going to happen next. Kristin Hannah has said that she has already sold the movie rights to this book and I can honestly see not just a Book to movie with this one but a truly Oscar caliber film. The actors will have to be very vulnerable and once that is translated to screen I can only imagine how much I will love it.
Since this is set in Alaska it is also the perfect Winter read, I highly recommend it!