In hopes of starting over, Ernt Allbright, his wife Cora and their teenage
daughter Leni move to Alaska after inheriting a piece of property from a
dead soldier that Ernt knew when he fighting in Vietnam. At first, Alaska
is heaven-sent for the Allbright family who learn to live on land thanks
to their neighbors. But then as the skies begin to darken and winter
rears its ugly head, not even neighbors can save the small family from
the inner demons that haunt the house as summer ends. In this
pulsating and thrilling psychological tale, can Leni and her family
triumph over the winters, or will they succumb to the ultimate cruelty of
life on top of the world?
Narrated with vivid imagery, unparalleled attention to daily life and
detail, as well as a merciless exploration of the Allbright family's
psychology within the extreme season of winter, THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah is a powder keg
of storytelling waiting to explode and dazzle readers. As precise as a
neurologist directing a brain and spinal cord surgery, Kristin Hannah
weaves the reader masterfully through the ins and outs of the Allbright
family, never letting up and keeping the audience captivated with
descriptions of life in Alaska. This book slowly builds up to a crescendo
of thrilling twists and turns and is guaranteed to leave the audience
breathless and speechless. Kristin Hannah is a proven master of
storytelling that will stay long after the story is finished.
For readers who enjoy psychological thrillers, stories of survival in the
Alaskan wilderness, and strong female characters, THE GREAT ALONE is not to be skipped over.
And for a family in crisis, the ultimate test of the
From the author of the worldwide phenomenon, The
Nightingale, comes a story of a family in crisis and a young
girl struggling to survive at the edge of the world, in
America’s last true frontier.
In 1974, when thirteen-year-old Leni Allbright’s volatile,
unpredictable father, Ernt, a former POW, loses another job,
he makes an impulsive, desperate decision: he will move the
family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the land
in a spectacular wilderness.
At first, the eighteen hour sunlit Alaskan summer days and
the generosity of the locals make up for the family’s lack
of preparation and dwindling resources, but winter in Alaska
will reveal their every weakness. As the vast Alaskan
landscape grows smaller and smaller in the darkness, Ernt’s
fragile mental state deteriorates, and the dangers outside
of their remote homestead pale in comparison to the danger
within. On their small piece of land, miles from anyone,
Leni and her mother, Cora, learn what all Alaskan
homesteaders learn: they are on their own. There is no one
to save them this far from civilization.
At once an epic story of human survival and an intimate
portrait of a family tested beyond endurance, The Great
Alone, offers a glimpse into a vanishing way of life in
America. With her trademark combination of elegant prose and
deeply drawn characters, Kristin Hannah once again delivers
a can’t-put-down novel that celebrates the resilience of the
human spirit and the remarkable, enduring strength of women.
A novel as big and spectacular as Alaska itself.