The Great Alone

The Great Alone

Book - 2018
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weezie1
May 10, 2018

One of the best books I have read. The story line and characters were great. Living in Alaska will bring out the best in you or the worst in you. It is a great life and full of love for family & friends. I could not put this book down and the ending will keep yu on your toes. Happy Reading!!!!

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annphi
May 06, 2018

The premise was a familiar theme if one has read The Glass Castle. A good read, a bit of a departure from Kristin Hanna's previous works but enjoyable. It would be difficult for any of her future novels to captivate the reading world as The Nightingale continues to do so,finding new readers and praise.

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Bookskh
May 02, 2018

This book was so good I hated for it to end!!! It was so descriptive of Alaska that I felt like I was really there!! I have always liked Kristin’s books but after this one, I am going to make sure I read every one of hers!!!

johnston54 Apr 30, 2018

Enjoyed the characters in this book, and the visual descriptions of Alaska.

AL_MARYA Apr 25, 2018

The Great Alone will hook you with its compelling contemporary family drama, but its atmospheric prose will reel you in and hold you spellbound.

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laphampeak
Apr 23, 2018

Hannah has a way of drawing the reader into the characters as they change and grow with and because of circumstance. The setting in remote backwoods Alaska was an interesting backdrop to a once wandering family composed of a damaged, ex-vet, wife-beating husband, a wife stuck in the codependent love of him, and a daughter who fast learned the way of the land as well as having to grow up fast. Combine this family with their new community members, shake things up, and you have a great mix for a story that you won't put down.

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pishposh9
Apr 21, 2018

I loved The Nightingale, but this repetitious tale was a trifle boring. I skimmed through a lot and was glad when it ended.

lauz32 Apr 17, 2018

This was a fantastic read! I have always enjoy Kristin Hannah's books, and this one was no exception. She really described the harsh realities of living off the land in Alaska, "a place where people go to escape from the real world". A great novel of resiliency, bravery with a little bit of a love story thrown into the mix. Trigger warning for domestic violence.

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Marcley
Apr 15, 2018

I really loved this book!!! Kristen Hannah did an excellent job researching Alaska and the time period this story is set in. The detailed descriptions of the Alaska landscape & beauty is remarkable. I have been to Alaska and it is truly magnificent.
We see the main character grow from a 13-year old girl into a young woman, who has endured and survived many difficult and tragic experiences. This book tackles the subjects of PTSD (after Vietnam) and also Domestic Abuse. The Mother-Daughter bond is amazing and I cried a few times, thinking of my daughter and myself. I could not put this book down, once I started reading it. Great story and so well written.

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lgraf
Apr 09, 2018

What an incredible story! Loved the descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness. Had many twists & turns....couldn't put it down! I'm definitely going to put Alaska on my "bucket list"! Kristin Hannah is amazing author!

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barbdenman
Apr 07, 2018

Hannah did not disappoint in her newest novel! The Great Alone was rich in story plot, character development, and her beautiful descriptions of Alaska scenery took my breath away. This book has a lot of darkness too - but I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a good story, mixed with some suspense, and has the ability to read it to the end. You won't be able to put this book down once you start!

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robin_24
Apr 04, 2018

Even though it is a darker story than I usually prefer I couldn't put ths book down! The author describes the details of the era, the locations and the emotional interaction to a perfection.

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dollface_1
Mar 31, 2018

I loved this book as I love most of Hannah's books. The first book of hers that I read was The Nightingale. It made my top ten of all that I have read. I have since read almost all of her books, and enjoyed them all. The Great Alone was well worth the read, recommend it highly.

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CountryGranny
Mar 26, 2018

This is one of the best books I have ever read. It was hard for me to read in parts because of tears...but I finished it and can't get it off of my mind. It is a story of mother-daughter love, abuse, PTSD, and a true and lasting love. This is the 2nd book I have read by this author and I plan to read them all.

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pktab
Mar 24, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I didn't think I would like it, especially given the length of the book; however, I've been a Kristin Hannah fan for many years and have always enjoyed her books. Lately, especially with The Nightingale, show growth in writing her stories. Totally recommend. It was a "hard to put down" book!

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Cher_Mad511
Mar 20, 2018

Really enjoyed! At times dark and depressing, but couldn't put it down toward the end.

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melaniemckinley
Mar 18, 2018

I hated this book. Beautifully descriptive, as Kristin Hannah always does, but dark and depressing, and honestly got boring. Same thing repeated over and over. No joy. No light. I couldn't even finish it which is very rare for me. I was looking forward to this book. I love this author but her last couple of books have gotten more heavy, this was just too much.

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kirpet
Mar 14, 2018

this was a riveting story about a family that went to Alaska bc the abusive , PTSD father wanted to. They grew to love Alaska, but the abuse of mother and eventually daughter, once she was pregnant by son of father's enemy there, lead to his murder by the wife. Sad story but one of great redemption. The daughter does return to Alaska to marry baby's father, despite his invalid status. I loved this book. The writing is amazing.

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soarctic
Mar 12, 2018

As a former Alaskan I looked forward to this popular book and enjoyed the first few chapters. Yes, some of the situations seemed contrived, but not totally unimaginative given the context. People do migrate to Alaska to escape or hide, and many come unprepared. But once this family acclimates to their locale, the story line disintegrates. How many conflicts must this young girl face? And is there any circumstance that the author has not included for her to deal with? Frankly, when the novel turned into a romance novel I quit.

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lucygusy
Mar 08, 2018

A great read!

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geniegu859
Mar 08, 2018

There are a lot of new books that are really good, memorable plot and characters, and page turning suspense. But few can compete with Kristin Hannahs' novel, “The Long Alone.” After reading the first page I was totally hooked and could not put it down. After her best selling novel, “The Nightingale”, the author was afraid of publishing her next book that could not live up to its high standard but she need not have worried. This novel is definitely in the award winning category.
Hoping for a fresh start, a battle scarred veteran with PTSD, is elated to find one of his Vietnam war buddies has left him a house and 40 acres in a remote part of Alaska. With very little planning he takes off in their VW bus with his wife and 13 year old daughter. They all hope this will be the answer to overcoming his nightmares that left him angry, hostile, and paranoid. He was insanely jealous of any attention paid or shown between his beautiful wife and other men, resulting in assaulting her.
The story is told from the viewpoint of Leni, coming of age during a tumultuous time, caught between the passionate and stormy relationship of her parents. They arrive in Alaska during the summer when the sun shone eighteen hours a day. With help from a number of new neighbors, they learn how to live in this new and dangerous environment and to prepare for the long winter of darkness. For a while things are better, they all work hard and her Dad does not have reoccurring nightmares. But as winter approaches and darkness descents, her fathers' fragile mental state deteriorates. Despite it all, Leni falls in love with Alaska and the son of neighbor who she is forbidden to see.

I would love to see this in a movie. What a story! What splendid scenery and unexpected twists in the plot!

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NedSu
Mar 08, 2018

This is not my genre, but I decided to give it a try, mainly because the author lives in the Northwest and Alaska is our next door neighbor. It is very readable, but is not my type of book.
I thoroughly enjoyed the portrayal of the people in the village and most of the female protagonist's point of view narration. It is just that the story was never very compelling. The brief allusions to the time 1974-85 gave it some value, especially if you were actually alive during that era.
The romance novel aspects never resonated with me, up to and including the end. Lots of different types of love and its effects on others, apparently a staple of romance novels, are exposed.
One final observation- in one passage the author makes reference to a Dick's Drive in on Aurora. While one exists in our present, it is recent and not from the era of the story.

DPLalyssab Mar 08, 2018

Told from the perspective of the daughter, this is the troubling tale of a family seeking a new start in the Alaska frontier. Takes place in the 1970s and discusses domestic abuse and resiliency.

marycatlyons Mar 06, 2018

A fascinating look at life in the 70's, particularly life in Alaska with a father who suffers from PTSD. I definitely think it's worth a read, if not two!

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Rochester1950
Mar 05, 2018

Loved The Nightingale, but this one was very disappointing. More suitable as a young adult romance novel. Predictable ending.


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