The Great Alone

The Great Alone

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In 1974, when thirteen-year-old Leni Allbright's volatile, unpredictable father Ernt makes an impulsive, desperate decision: he will move the family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the land in a spectacular wilderness. 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 withinches 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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780312577230
Characteristics: 440 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm.

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Alaska, 1974.
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 Ala... Read More »


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swheeler89
Dec 04, 2018

Haunting characters and a well painted journey into the vastness of Alaska. I was hoping for more after reading the Nightingale, this fell short, but Hannah is still a master story teller.

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lfallah
Dec 03, 2018

Fabulous book. Read the nightingale for sure if you like her books!

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Arwinstein
Nov 23, 2018

I found the first half of the book believable and compelling. However, towards the end it started to get abit ridiculous. It was harder and harder to understand why the mother wouldn't leave the abusive situation. Its easy to understand if you don't have the resources and the support but both this mother and daughter had oodles of support from friends and family. It would have been easier to believe if they were truly on their own. Towards the end it just felt phony and set up with all these guardian angels rushing to solve all the problems. Disappointing after such a good start.

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Dawne007
Nov 21, 2018

Great read, page turning novel about dealing with loving someone who suffers from PTSD. The story is heartbreaking at times, but is so well written and descriptive, I had a difficult time not reading the whole thing in one sitting. I actually cried at the end, and I never cry reading books! That's how I know the book and the story were written well enough to tug at my emotional strings. My only criticism is that the book is a bit too long and get's melodramatic at points. However, the descriptions of Alaska were beautifully written and this book makes me want to visit the state and experience the majesty that I felt when reading about the vast landscape.

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jamieannlee9
Nov 15, 2018

Wow! This is not a book I would normally pick but I love this author and this one did not disappoint. Her writing keeps the reader completely engaged and invested in this family, leaving you feeling like you are right there with them.

IndyPL_CarriG Oct 27, 2018

An utterly compelling book with a strong sense of place, The Great Alone fleshes out Alaska and makes it the central character. This book is long but reads very quickly - just a warning, avoid if you are sensitive to scenes of violence against women.

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judithhanson26
Sep 26, 2018

quite sad story most of the way. best appreciated with on-the-ground experience in Alaska to know the reality of long nights and cold temps up there.

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peacebenow
Sep 19, 2018

I wanted to like this book more as "The Nightingale" but I was relieved when it was done. Enjoyed descriptive Alaska references but didn't enjoy the inevitable outcome caused by this dysfunctional family.

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donna
Sep 13, 2018

I wasn't overly impressed, though I did enjoy the Alaskan wilderness references. Found it very "Nicholas Sparks" like. There's obviously a market for it, but for me, it wasn't worth the stress of trying to finish it before the two week due date.

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mlegates
Sep 10, 2018

If this isn’t the worst book I’ve ever read, it comes very close. I did give it one star for the eatatic descriptions of Alaska but the plot sucks. It’s melodramatic and tedious at the same time, absolutely devoid of humour or irony. Don’t waste your time.

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firebird770
Sep 11, 2018

This story of life in Alaska evolves around a family (the Allbrights') Ernst, his wife, and Leni, their Daughter who move up to Alaska after Ernst is left the property by a friend he knew during the Vietnam War. Ernst suffered from PTSD and creates havoc and fear whereever he goes. I was unable to put the book down; an excellent read and well recommended.

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ArapahoeMaryA Mar 13, 2018

You know what they say about finding a man in Alaska—the odds are good, but the goods are odd.

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