The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 4,666 Ratings)


In Kristin Hannah’s 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”
Buzzfeed’s “Most Anticipated Women’s Fiction Reads of 2018”
Seattle Times’s “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 America’s 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, Ernt’s 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.


  • Great Read!!!

    By Bambi~77
    Loved this book, well written and enjoyable...especially wonderful company during a Wisconsin winter.
  • Couldn’t put it down!

    By Dirsten
    I read this, as with all this author’s novels, in 3 days. Well written, enticing, surprise ending! I highly recommend it!
  • Great story

    By Lizsmc1
    Very well written and easy to read. I read the whole book in two days while traveling.
  • Beautiful, touching, and sad

    By schmidthk
    Unique characters fill this heart breaking and captivating novel. Satisfying end, modern themes/issues even though the novel is primarily set in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Excellent read

    By skrmisz
    Great adventure book!
  • Worth the rime

    By Kiki1919
    I loved this entire book!
  • Just a dope author

    By Boobysmoove
    Nightingale was the first novel I read from Kristin Hannah and was blown away. So I tried this new title, the Great Alone, and I was blown away again. In my opinion, she’s terrific at pulling you into the story. You see, hear and smell the world she’s written with the images she leads you to conjure. She makes it so easy to relate to her characters, because they’ve been created in such vivid and disturbingly realistic detail. I look forward to reading her entire catalogue. She’s dope.
  • I want to go to Alaska!

    By A weird sister
    Terrific novel, very hard to put down. I will recommend this to everyone I know who reads. Loved this book.
  • The Great Alone

    By MT Reviews
    I’m not sure this book deserves one star. The characters are underdeveloped stereotypes and the storyline is trite. A waste of time and talent.
  • Alaska

    By tandyb
    I loved this book and the story of Alaska.....Kristin Hannah is a very descriptive writer in that you can visualize her words so much, you get lost in them. Her best is The Nightingale, probably my favorite book ever. This is a great read.