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The Great Alone by Kristin HannahAlaska, 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, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown
At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they 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 Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.
But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. 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. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.
In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska?a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.
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AND with only three months each year to prepare for the long, dark and treacherous winter months to come. THERE IS also more than one story of love here, volatile family relationships, and invaluable friendships amidst the environmental dangers. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions.
Kristin Hannah has written more than 20 novels, but it took one monster hit to really put her on the map. The terrible troubles are completely one-note. Ernt has been moving his family around ever since he got home, looking for some kind of happy new start. Then comes an amazing coincidence. Hannah likes these. The Allbrights pile in their Volkswagen bus and go off seeking a new adventure.
The story is told mainly from the point of view of Leni Allbright. She is a thirteen-year-old dealing with her mother, Cora, a poster child for the s hippie movement, and her father, Ernt, a former soldier who was a Prisoner of War in Vietnam. Ernt is moody, violent, and unable to hold down a job. Cora is desperate to have the man she married return, not the shell of him that the war spit back. Desperate for a do-over, Ernt decides to move his family from Seattle to Alaska, hoping a change in scenery will suture the pieces of his spirit back together. When they arrive, they meet Large Marge, a former lawyer and now the owner of a local general store, who becomes their friend and guide to how to survive their first Alaskan winter.