The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 5,330 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.


  • Beautifully written

    By Denise4567
    And beautiful landscape. A story of survival, love and family bonds
  • Amazing

    By lollipop2378
    The writing is captivating, the characters are intricate and realistic, and the plot continues to surprise you with unexpected turns. Easy to fall in love with and highly recommend.
  • Beautiful and moving!

    By Alessia1129
    Beautifully developed story! Hannah still has me thinking about this story months later and probably will for years. Great great book!
  • After reading other of KH books..

    By ootntcm
    I can’t believe it is written by KH. I had to struggle to finish the book. Very disappointing
  • Amazing!!

    By azizi freezi
    For the last few paragraphs I was reading through tears. Hannah does an excellent job of connecting you to the story and strife of the main character. I felt loss, love, happiness and adventure as if I expreienced it for myself. A must read!
  • Will read again

    By TheSeaWitchofMaine
    Wow, what an absolutely amazing story! A great read for anyone! A huge eye opener to what the Alaskan life is really like and gives a whole new prospective to mental health and how important it is to do your best when it comes to your family. Most definitely will read again!
  • 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.