The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 7,863 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.


  • Can’t get enough!

    By tashawniee
    I hate spoilers, so I will get to the point. This book will hook you. From the moment I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. The main character descriptions and internal struggle they face.. just makes you feel like you are really there with them. Another great book by Kristin Hannah.
  • Being alone is is far more than a state of being

    By DCLS61
    And in this story you see how the main characters relate to Alaska. A land of beauty and filled with contrast. For Ernt it stands for freedom yet it becomes his prison and he tries to t take his family prisoners too. For Cora , Alaska becomes her purpose as she learns skills and starts be accepted by fellow Alaskans. Then for Leni it becomes her home filled with challenges, beauty, love, and a way to escape all the real and imagined monsters that lurk around. The Great Alone is a story of family and how no matter how much you love someone we are basically all alone….
  • Alaska

    By liliputian dwarf reading
    The author could have written half as much and still repeat the story. I was disappointed throughout most of the book and knew the end before I got there. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
  • I couldn’t put it down.

    By africa831
    I loved this book. It had my full attention from the very beginning to the very end.
  • Great Read!

    By bebetweet
    Great read…highly recommend!
  • Good book!

    By fish8327
    I became so invested in the characters of this book. I was never looking for a major twist or climax, I felt this book was more-so focused on building, and ultimately falling in love with, the characters throughout. Really enjoyed this read.
  • The Great Alone

    By bgd17
    I will never forget this book! Everyone should read it at least once. It’s heart tugging and makes you appreciate things differently.
  • Fantastic read

    By Colls2244
    A moving and compelling story.
  • Excellent!

    By Singersongwritter
    Loved the story, characters and beautiful descriptions of Alaska. Highly recommended!
  • Riveting

    By madisonoliviaclaraandi
    Incredible storytelling. Heavy, emotional, inspiring. A classic everyone should read.