The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah @belovung_bird @stmartinspress

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.

Sometimes you read a book that leaves you speechless. As a blogger, a teacher, a mother, and blabber mouth.. it’s a rare occurance for me! Often after reading a book like this words to describe my feelings jump out at me in my review on the page! So to begin my review I will summarize the feelings I had when immersing myself in this incredible story…

  • Heartache

  • Despair

  • Grief

  • Fear

  • Sorrow

  • LOVE ❤️

When an author can convey all of these feelings between the covers of one book… how could you not want to devour it? I don’t use that term loosely either. You WILL devour it!

Kristin Hannah’s writing is poetic, vivid, and memorable. Leni’s story will no doubt remain with you long after you turn the last page! Hannah’s ability to bring history to life by describing the time period makes it feel like your there on the homestead.

If you ever read Nightingale (if not, GO READ IT) you know the style of writing I refer to. She nailed the 1970’s setting on a homestead in Alaska. I feared a slow paced story and plot unraveling but omg… not the case. I flew through this story. INCREDIBLE!

Kristin Hannah is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, which was named Goodreads Best Historical fiction novel for 2015 and won the coveted People’s Choice award for best fiction in the same year. Additionally, it was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, iTunes, Buzzfeed, the Wall Street Journal, Paste, and The Week.

Kristin’s newest new release, The Great Alone, was published on February 6, 2018 (St. Martin’s Press) and became an instant New York Times #1 bestseller. The novel, an epic love story and intimate family drama set in Alaska in the turbulent 1970’s is a daring, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival and the wildness that lives in both nature and man. It was listed as one of the most anticipated novels of the year by The Seattle Times,, PopSugar, Working Mother, Southern Living, and Goodreads.

The Nightingale is currently in production at Tri Star, with award-winning director Michelle MacLaren set to direct. Tri Star has also optioned The Great Alone and is in development. Home Front was optioned for film by 1492 Films (produced the Oscar-nominated The Help) with Chris Columbus attached to write, produce, and direct. More movie news on The Great Alone is coming soon.

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  1. Fabulous review, this sounds like a terrifying, riveting read. The wilderness and being isolated from humanity sound like a new set of issues to contend with on top of the existing psychological ones, although it’s a different premise, it reminded me of reading the Snow Child, where that couple also sought to escape something unhealed in themselves and hoped to repair it with Alaska. Thanks for sharing this.

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