The Great Alone

The Great Alone

Large Print - 2018 | Center Point large print edition
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"In 1974, a former Vietnam POW, suffering from flashbacks and nightmares, moves his family to Alaska to live off the grid in an attempt to find peace, restoration, and freedom. They will also face dangers, both internally and externally, as they face the ultimate test of the human spirit"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018
Edition: Center Point large print edition
ISBN: 9781683247005
Branch Call Number: LP HANNA-K
Characteristics: 647 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Mar 09, 2019

I loved this book! Her descriptions of Alaska life are so vivid and the hardships very real. I traveled to Alaska in 2005 and found it to be beautiful, bleak, and rugged. This was a beautiful story from start to finish and I believe it is her best writing to date. A must read.

Feb 12, 2019

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Feb 09, 2019

I loved The Nightingale and was a bit skeptical about this one (former POW who comes home changed and violent) even though it was recommended by a friend that continues to recommend great books. It was one of those reads that I just didn't want to put down-Kristin Hannah is an amazing writer!!

Feb 01, 2019

This story started out very slow for me and I kept putting it down. Once the story finally got going I did enjoy it. The characters were well developed and I enjoyed the descriptions of Alaska as well.

Jan 31, 2019

This is a rough book at times......there is domestic violence and it gets explores PSTD, death, fear of death, danger, wild animals and first love....there is a growing tension as the Albright family prepares for surviving the winter in Alaska......absorbing, scary and heartbreaking

Jan 25, 2019

When Ernt Albright, a war veteran suffering from PTSD, makes the decision to move his family from their home in Seattle to a remote homestead in Kaneq, Alaska, they all thought this was the change he so desperately needed to end his nightmares and raging anger. But the beauty of Alaska and the friendliness of the locals can only provide comfort for so long.....until winter arrives.
This story started off quite slow that I contemplated moving on to another book. However, I continued on and realized why building the story was necessary. The characters were bold, the descriptions of Alaskan scenery was stunning and the story itself was powerful. The groundwork for the climax (or inevitability, you could say) was obvious but how and when it happened was Kirstin's masterpiece in this book. Buttttt, having said that, the ending revealed the expected and the unexpected, the latter of which was just a big disappointment.

Hillsboro_ElizabethH Jan 20, 2019

Warning: Spoilers ahead! This book was recommended to me by a friend and teammate. It is not a book I would usually read, but I decided to pick it up when he told me what it was about. Honestly, I couldn't put it down! What an amazing story! You follow Leni Allbright and her family through some turbulent times - her father, Ernt, is a POW from the Vietnam War with PTSD - before it was widely recognized. Her mother, Cora loves Ernt with all her heart, and refuses to leave him, even though he beats her regularly. When Ernt is left a cabin the remote Alaska wilderness by a friend, they pack up their things and head on out. What they find is harder than they ever imagined. From what I've been told, their plight is very true-to-life for many Alaskans living in the backwoods.

I really enjoyed reading about Leni growing up, and how she copes with the cold and isolation. The town they move to, however, is very welcoming and help her family as much as they are able. They really bind together at the end, but I don't want to give too much away.....

Jan 18, 2019

One of the best books I've read in a long time, couldn't put down. Loved the ending. Will read more from this author.

Jan 10, 2019

Like I mentioned, I saw a bunch of my friends mentioning how much they loved her books, so when I went to the library for the first trip of the year I picked up the two titles that kept repeating on everyone's "must read" lists. As you saw, I really enjoyed The Nightingale was was excited to give this one a read. I'll be honest, I didn't like it as much as the first one I read. Maybe the topic of domestic abuse is too jarring for me (I know, you would think that war and the genocide of millions of Jews would be even more horrific, but maybe in my mind war is an 'out there' type of topic whereas domestic violence seems so real and 'up close'). Don't get me wrong, the story was one I bought hook, line and sinker (although I would say it felt slower to me than the first book), but there weren't as many ugly tears with this one. PS Does it make me crazy if living in Alaska, in the Great Alone, would be an adventure I'd totally be interested in doing?! I would give it an 8 out of 10.

TSCPL_Miranda Jan 07, 2019

So, so good. 13-year-old Leni is used to moving around. She's a reader, an unwilling loner, and tough as nails. Since her dad returned from Vietnam, he's been restless and angry, always seeking a fresh start in a new town. Their move to Alaska could be just what he needs--or it could be a huge, dark mistake. I would have been Sam in Leni's Frodo, if we'd met in high school. I cheered for her all the way, and cried at the final twist.

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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

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

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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Mar 05, 2019

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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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