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The Great Alone

Hannah, Kristin. Book - 2018 Fiction / Hannah, Kristin, Adult Book / Fiction / General / Hannah, Kristin None on shelf 25 requests on 47 copies Community Rating: 4 out of 5

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Lenora Allbright is 13 when her father convinces her mother, Cora, to forgo their inauspicious existence in Seattle and move to Kaneq, AK. It's 1974, and the former Vietnam POW sees a better future away from the noise and nightmares that plague him. Having been left a homestead by a buddy who died in the war, Ernt is secure in his beliefs, but never was a family less prepared for the reality of Alaska, the long, cold winters and isolation. Locals want to help out, especially classmate Matthew Walker, who likes everything about Leni. Yet the harsh conditions bring out the worst in Ernt, whose paranoia takes over their lives and exacerbates what Leni sees as the toxic relationship between her parents. The Allbrights are as green as greenhorns can be, and even first love must endure unimaginable hardship and tragedy as the wilderness tries to claim more victims.

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Great... submitted by MadMonkeyZ on June 23, 2018, 2:53pm In this pressure cooker of a page-turner, a damaged Vietnam vet moves his family to the wilds of Alaska. Initially it's a welcome change, but as winter approaches, and his mental state deteriorates, his wife and daughter find themselves in an increasingly precarious position. Like her mega-bestselling The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone highlights the heroics of everyday people, especially women.

Great book submitted by krispont on June 27, 2018, 10:31am This is my first Kristin Hannah and I’m so glad I read it. It’s so good. I don’t know what else to say. Just read it.

Remote Maine submitted by admaclean on July 21, 2018, 10:44pm Hannah does an excellent job of making the reader feel the intensity and emotions of the characters. I felt like I was in an isolated, rural Maine cabin (and considered the draw it might have in today’s world). Highly recommended!

Compelling Read submitted by Beth Manuel on August 14, 2018, 3:00pm This book was so detailed and filled with descriptions that I could vividly imagine the scenery & practically smell beer and cigarettes. The time period was relatable to me-the early to mid 70's-as I'd be the same age as the protagonist. Accounting of fashion, music trends, and societal ills were on point. I found this to be a riveting and recommendable read, with an interest in reading more from this author.

Wonderful Female Characters submitted by Blue Owl on June 15, 2019, 5:43pm The Great Alone is filled with strong, independent, sensible female characters surviving amidst the beauty and danger of Alaska.

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PUBLISHED
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
Year Published: 2018
Description: 440 p.
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9780312577230
0312577230

SUBJECTS
Domestic fiction.
Historical fiction.