Leni is a lonely teen; her Dad came home from Vietnam, a POW decorated for bravery, finding civilian life a hard adjustment. The things that are important while fighting in those faraway jungles did not translate to successful lifestyles back in the Pacific Northwest. They move. A lot. It is hard for Leni to always be the new kid, to feel awkward around others but she loves her Dad and tries to understand. Cora and Ernt have crazy wild chemistry, sparks shoot off of this couple like wildfire, they are hot for one another and always have been. But since he returned from Vietnam, Ernt is no longer an easy going guy, his temper is explosive and getting worse, home is the new battlefield. When out of the blue the family inherits a piece of land and small home in Alaska, it seems like it just might be the fresh start they need. Away from the hustle and bustle of Seattle, alone with nature in peace and quiet, perhaps adjusting would be easier for Ernt. The grandeur of the land and the welcoming spirit of the people bond them to Alaska, but there is a darker side too. Winter brings continual darkness and dangerous cold, not an easy environment for the emotionally volatile. Ernt makes things worse by becoming best buds with a group who share his paranoia and survivalist tendencies. Sometimes home is the most perilous of all environments.— Deon Stonehouse
February 2018 Indie Next List
“Kristin Hannah's The Great Alone is a powerful, compelling story of survival - survival of the natural elements and of the human spirit. It's 1974, and 13-year-old Leni Allbright lives with her devoted mother, Cora, and abusive father, Ernt, who was a prisoner of war during Vietnam. America is changing after the war, and Ernt thinks their best chance at a fresh start is to move off the grid, to America's last frontier - Alaska. Grizzlies, wolves, and dropping temperatures are Leni's worries outside of her family's cabin, but as Ernt's battle with his demons rages on, it's no safer inside. The result is a beautifully descriptive, heart-wrenching adventure.”
— Hillary Taylor, Lemuria Bookstore, Jackson, MS
In Kristin Hannahs The Great Alone, a desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness of Alaska only to find that their unpredictable environment is less threatening than the erratic behavior found in human nature.
#1 New York Times Instant Bestseller (February 2018)
A People Book of the Week
Buzzfeeds Most Anticipated Womens Fiction Reads of 2018
Seattle Timess Books to Look Forward to in 2018
Alaska, 1974. Ernt Allbright came home from the Vietnam War a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes the impulsive decision to move his wife and daughter north where they will live off the grid in Americas last true frontier.
Cora will do anything for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown. Thirteen-year-old Leni, caught in the riptide of her parents passionate, stormy relationship, has little choice but to go along, daring to hope this new land promises her family a better future.
In a wild, remote corner of Alaska, the Allbrights 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 newcomers lack of preparation and dwindling resources.
But as winter approaches and darkness descends, Ernts fragile mental state deteriorates. 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.
About the Author
KRISTIN HANNAH is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including The Nightingale, The Great Alone, and The Four Winds. A former lawyer turned writer, she lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest.
Praise for The Great Alone:
An instant #1 New York Times bestseller (February 2018) | A 2018 Indie Next Pick
Southern Living's "Books Coming Out This Winter That We Can't Wait to Read"
Pop Sugar's "10 Most Anticipated Books of 2018"
Working Mother's "Most Anticipated Books of 2018"
Brit & Co's "Most Anticipated Books of 2018"
Seattle Times' "Books to Look Forward to in 2018"
The Everygirl's "10 New Novels to Read this Winter"
Refinery 29's "Best Books of February"
BuzzFeed's "Most Anticipated Women's Fiction Reads of 2018"
"Featuring a rich cast of characters and elevated by the riveting portrayal of homesteading in Alaska in the 1970s, this is a compassionate story of a family." People, "Book of the Week"
"This epic atmospheric novel examines humans' will to endure the unthinkable." Real Simple magazine
"There are many great things about this book...It will thrill her fans with its combination of Greek tragedy, Romeo and Juliet-like coming of age story and domestic potboiler. She recreates in magical detail the lives of Alaska's homesteaders...and is just as specific and authentic in her depiction of the spiritual wounds of post-Vietnam America. A tour de force." Kirkus (starred review)
"Hannah vividly evokes the natural beauty and danger of Alaska and paints a compelling portrait of a family in crisis and a community on the brink of change." Booklist
"Reliably alluring...The Great Alone is packed with rapturous descriptions of Alaskan scenery Hannah remembers and summons an undeveloped wilderness, describing a gloriously pristine region in the days before cruise ships discovered it." New York Times
"In this latest from Hannah, the landscape is hard and bleak but our young heroine learns to accept it and discover her true self...fans will appreciate the astuteness of the story and the unbreakable connection between mother and child." Library Journal
"Hannah skillfully situates the emotional family saga in the events and culture of the late 70s... But its her tautly drawn charactersLarge Marge, Genny, Mad Earl, Tica, Tomwho contribute not only to Lenis improbable survival but to her salvation amid her familys tragedy." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Hannah turns the written word into wonderful prose...Times are difficult for so many in this novel and Hannah captures their suffering with sensitivity. The author expertly shows how love, death and birth run the full circle of life." RT Book Reviews
Praise for The Nightingale:
"Haunting, action-packed, and compelling."Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Absolutely riveting!...Read this book." Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Director of the University of Miami Holocaust Teacher Institute
"Beautifully written and richly evocative." Sara Gruen,#1 New York Times bestselling author
A heart-pounding story. USA Today
"A respectful and absorbing page-turner." Kirkus Reviews
"Tender, compelling...a satisfying slice of life in Nazi-occupied France." Jewish Book Council
Expect to devour The Nightingale in as few sittings as possible; the high-stakes plot and lovable characters wont allow any rest until all of their fates are known. Shelf Awareness
"Powerful...an unforgettable portrait of love and war."People