The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 1,323 Ratings


An instant #1 New York Times bestseller (February 2018)!

"A TOUR DE FORCE." —Kirkus (starred review)

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 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.


  • Wow

    By ms_sea
    The author took great pains to develop characters that have true depth! Great read
  • The Great Alone

    By cat bridges
    This was the best book I have read in a long time. The depth of the characters and the descriptions of the area were both heartwarming and gut wrenching. A wonderful read.
  • Worst book I’ve read in a long time

    By lauren anderson
    I have always enjoyed Kirsten Hannah books; however this is the most depressing, implausible book I’ve read in a long time. The storyline was horrible and just kept getting worse; I continued reading thinking it would have to get better but it never did. The information about life in Alaska was interesting; however the storyline was so depressing, so frustrating, and so predictable it was horrible. I absolutely do not recommend this book!
  • One of the BEST books I’ve read in a while!

    By AnnGMama17
    Loved this book! Great summer read! Didn’t want to put it down!
  • On point!

    By colleen3345
    Excellent! Typical Kristen Hannah - page turner and never dissatisfied! I’ve read all her books. I even full on cried in this read!

    By jdnyk
    I fell in love immediately with this book and could not put it down. It was so well written, I felt I was in Alaska looking into a world laid out for me. Absolutely the best book I’ve ever read!!!
  • The great alone by kristen Hannah

    By ms lillian
    Wonderful story, authentic characters, lovely, and spare writing. Loved learning more about wild and beautiful Alaska and the kind of people who live there. Thank you, Kristen, it was a pleasure.
  • Another book that I couldn’t put down.

    By BethAnneW
    The author has an amazing ability of making the reader care about her characters. The characters are so well developed that if you close your eyes you can almost see and hear them like they are real people. The story was riveting and packed with actual location in and around Homer Alaska and the Kenai peninsula. I have told every reader I know about this wonderful piece of historical fiction. Now to find another book by Kristin Hannah.
  • Beautiful

    By TaraBaraCO
    This story was beautiful. I highly recommend this book. I couldn’t put the book down. It reflects every human emotion.
  • Loved all of it 💛

    By Danichic21
    I just love Kristen Hannah’s stories. I love the details and the strong characters. This one does not disappoint.