Today we have a special treat in store for you – one of my fellow librarians, Emily, wrote an absolutely beautiful review on Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone, and has let me share a brief excerpt of it with you all here! You can check it out the full review at Book Reviews by a Person Who Reads Everything.
Book: The Great Alone
Author: Kristin Hannah
Genre(s): Fiction, Historical Fiction
Release: February 2018
The Great Alone focuses on the Albright family, particularly on the daughter Leni. In 1974, after the dad and former Vietnam Prisoner of War Ernt loses another job, he impulsively decides that the family should move up to Cognac, Alaska to live off the fat of the land in the nation’s last frontier. Leni hopes that the move will be the final one as she strides for a place to belong. At first, things are great as the sun is up until midnight, and the community full of colorful characters provides them with the resources needed to survive the oncoming winter. However, as winter and darkness approach, Ernt’s mental state deteriorates with frequent nightmares, and it tears the family apart. The danger outside of the cabin is nothing compared to one growing inside as Leni and her mother Cora realize that they are on their own, and they can only save themselves.
The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah is a well-written book that takes readers on one heck of a rollercoaster ride. It incorporates soap opera elements efficiently as it permits characters’ complicated reactions to various overly dramatic events. However, this book is not for the faint-hearted. One must be prepared to take breaks while reading it and be patient, for it is absolutely worth it in the end.