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Hannah’s marvelous new novel gives us both the tale of the struggling Allbright family who uprooted and started a new life in the wilderness of Alaska in 1974, but also the story of the fierce, lonely 13-year-old Leni who not only finds a place to belong but discovers her own inner strength and worth. The reader endures along with them not only the hardships of homesteading, the grueling and never-ending winter, but also the fiercely independent community of strong men and women that help them find the strength to survive not only the elements but the fracturing of family. This book will keep you enthralled to the very end and stay with you a long, long time. Powerful, enduring, spectacular, just like the Alaskan wilderness it portrays. — Tambra Johnson Reap
Leni doesn't remember when her father wasn't paranoid, angry and abusive. He returned from Vietnam that way and now he is moving the family to the Alaskan wilderness.
Unprepared for the rigors of living off the grid, their neighbors help, but nothing can save them from her father's dark and abusive mood swings.
Beautifully written with vivid characters and powerful emotion.
— St Martin's Press
“Kristin Hannah's The Great Alone is a powerful, compelling story of survival - survival of the natural elements and of the human spirit. It's 1974, and 13-year-old Leni Allbright lives with her devoted mother, Cora, and abusive father, Ernt, who was a prisoner of war during Vietnam. America is changing after the war, and Ernt thinks their best chance at a fresh start is to move off the grid, to America's last frontier - Alaska. Grizzlies, wolves, and dropping temperatures are Leni's worries outside of her family's cabin, but as Ernt's battle with his demons rages on, it's no safer inside. The result is a beautifully descriptive, heart-wrenching adventure.”
— Hillary Taylor, Lemuria Bookstore, Jackson, MS
An instant #1 New York Times bestseller
"A TOUR DE FORCE." --Kirkus (starred review)
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.