Historical Fiction

The Great Alone

by Kristin Hannah

Quick take

Following a shattering tour in the Vietnam War, Ernt Allbright attempts a fresh start by moving his family to Alaska, where they encounter old demons and new challenges on the last American frontier.

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Alaska, 1974.

Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.

For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam War a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America's last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni,...

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  • Molly C.

    New Haven, CT

    "I cried the last 150 pages and had to constantly remind myself that I don't live in Alaska, I was SO engrossed. "

  • Serena B.

    Portland , OR

    "Kristin Hannah has been my favorite writer since I discovered her probably 20 years ago. This was a wonderful read."

  • Sara P.

    Cincinnati , OH

    "There are no words. I am absolutely enamored and will carry a piece of this in my book worm nerd heart for the rest of my life. One of my favorite books I’ve ever read. "

  • Jill R.

    Woodbury, MN

    "Another great book by Ms. Hannah. "

  • Dana G.

    San Antonio, TX

    "Kristin Hannah brings to life Alaska and the people who live there in this incredible book."

  • Lauren C.

    Jericho, VT

    "Fabulous. Could not put this book down and could not stop thinking about it. Must read."

  • Anna K.

    Brooklyn, NY

    "Still wiping away my tears. Such a great book!"

  • Kirsten B.

    Brooklyn, NY

    "This is that rare book that made me laugh hysterically and sob uncontrollably. I couldn't put it down. "

  • Amelia P.

    Brighton , MA

    "This book was incredibly immersive, gorgeously written and so full of emotion! I cried for like the last 200 pages. It’s a contender for my favorite book of the year. Planning a trip to Alaska ASAP!!"

  • Laura O.

    Washburn , WI

    "Elegant prose, complex characters, and a picturesque setting. Another beautifully written story steeped in tragedy, love, and strong female characters. Loved it!!!"

  • Erica B.

    Mount Holly, NJ

    "I loved this book! There were parts that felt a little predictable but it was an easy read and a total page turner. "