The Great Alone: A Novel (Paperback)

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EX-POW vet with PTSD and nightmares tries to adjust to life in the states with his wife and daughter. Hearing that he has inherited a homestead in Alaska from a fellow POW, they head up there to start their life anew. The harsh realities of living in off-the-grid Alaska in the 1970's and the natural beauty and comraderie of fellow settlers are wonderfully addressed.  Could not put it down and "almost finished" in one sitting...

Themes: post-Vietnam, Survivalist, Back to the Land, Coming of Age, domestic violence, women's rights, Romeo & Juliet

— Pat Fowler

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

About the Author


Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of novels including Night Road, Firefly Lane, True Colors and Winter Garden. She was born in Southern California and moved to Western Washington when she was eight. A former lawyer, Hannah started writing when she was pregnant and on bed rest for five months. Writing soon became an obsession, and she has been at it ever since. She is the mother of one son and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250229533
ISBN-10: 1250229537
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: September 24th, 2019
Pages: 608