The Great Alone

The Great Alone

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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
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780312577230
0312577230
Characteristics: 440 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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#14 Most checked out Adult Fiction title in 2019 at MCFL

Best Historical Fiction

When her volatile, former POW father impulsively moves the family to mid-1970s Alaska to live off the land, young Leni and her mother are forced to confront the dangers of their lack of preparedness in the wake of a dangerous winter season.


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laneway
Oct 12, 2020

Being a visual person, this book was like watching a movie of Alaska and the family unprepared for homesteading in the 70's. Her description of the relationship between Cora and Ernt was from someone who obviously understands the abused woman. The character development was superb with the deep and abiding love of a mother and her child. The book made me want to visit Alaska as it was and not as a tourist.

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mmyjer20
Sep 21, 2020

This book was good but hard to read in a lot of ways. It is hard to read about abuse and domestic violence. There is a lot of education in the book about the Alaska of the 60's and 70's. The ending was a bit corny.

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HamerBr
Sep 18, 2020

I have never read a book from this author, and I am looking forward to reading more from her. I love all things related to homesteading and the wilderness. This book was really well done, and I was in love with the first 1/3rd of it. In a way, I do wish I had only read part I, because it felt like it was finished in and of itself. Part II seemed a bit dramatic and unrealistic to me. However, I still enjoyed the whole book and she did a great job writing the characters.

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SAllcock
Sep 14, 2020

Such a good read! This was my introduction to Kristin Hannah and I can say am in the process of reading all of her works. I cried twice reading it, and once you are finished you will know where. I wish the ending was a little longer, but it was a fantastic read.

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wmaboyer
Sep 14, 2020

This one should have been the award winner.
It's not a happy story but it is sooo well told.
You get a wonderful feeling for what life is like in Alaska and for the people who choose to live there. It is a book that succeeds on so many levels.
Highly recommend you read it.

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glotet41
Sep 07, 2020

Dragged out unnecessarily in the first three quarters of the story which for me, made the outcome a little rushed in comparison.

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lindemuldercr
Sep 02, 2020

Modern Mrs Darcy

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emschleich
Jul 30, 2020

I could not put this book down. I often feel like novels end before before I’m ready, but this author did a great job and weaving a compelling and complete story.

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mlhadley1
Jul 11, 2020

Told by 13 yr old Leni of life in off grid Alaska with PSTD Father and Mother she's giving total support; loves Father too. Complex well developed story of may aspects of mental illness, radicalism, survival skills, and heart of others established living in the off-grid Alaska. Centers around Leni's family, family of the PSTD Father's fallen comrade-in-war people who willed them the property, and numerous people that have been established in off grid Alaska.

manciaux Jun 04, 2020

Loved it! Yes, there was a lot of drama, but I got sucked in. Leni is the character that kept me reading. I felt very invested in the characters and have found myself missing them since finishing the book. To me, that's a great story, and great storytelling.

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PatriciaUre
May 22, 2019

“Such a thin veil separated the past from the present; they existed simultaneously in the human heart. Anything could transport you - the smell of the sea at low tide, the screech of a gull,the turquoise of a glacier-fed river. A voice in the the wind could be both true and imagined.“

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cknightkc
Dec 20, 2018

“Books are the mile markers of my life. Some people have family photos or home movies to record their past. I’ve got books. Characters. For as long as I can remember, books have been my safe place.” - p. 240

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cknightkc
Dec 20, 2018

“Love and fear. The most destructive forces on earth. Fear had turned her inside out, love had made her stupid.” - p. 284

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cknightkc
Dec 20, 2018

“Alaska doesn’t attract many; most are too tame to handle life up here. But when she gets her hooks in you, she digs deep and holds on, and you become heres. Wild. A lover of cruel beauty and splendid isolation. And God help you, you can’t live anywhere else.” - p. 347

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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kxlittle
Mar 20, 2019

This book is every bit as good as Nightingale. I got so involved with the characters that, at times, I had to put the book down because it made me so anxious and nervous about what was going to happen to them. I can't wait to read another of Kristin's books. 5 star rating from me!

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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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pmeadows2020
Mar 05, 2019

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