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