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The Great Alone

By: Kristin Hannah

Publisher: Macmillan Trade

Imprint: St. Martin's Press

Format: Hardcover | ISBN: 9780312577230

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Electronic | Audio

On Sale: | Pages: 448

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The newest audiobook sensation from Kristin Hannah, bestselling author of The NightingaleAlaska, 1974.Untamed.Unpredictable.And for a family in crisis, the ultimate test of the human spirit. From the author who brought listners the phenomenon of The Nightingale.
Like “The Nightingale,” which was set in France during World War II, this novel features a camera-friendly backdrop — this time, Alaska — and a Hollywood-ready sentimentality.... Hannah is a generous author, often doing the work of the writer and the reader.... Kristin Hannah has clearly found a commercial sweet spot, sticking to the ever-popular themes of young love, family drama, loss and redemption, but giving her novels a literary boost by placing them in historical settings. “The Great Alone” is not without its moments of compelling pathos, though... But the tidy summaries Hannah often provides for her complex subjects aren't needed, given her admirable storytelling skills.
—New York Times
The real star of Kristin Hannah's new novel, “The Great Alone,” is Alaska: a remote corner of the vast wilderness where the troubled Allbright family moves to make a new start.... Hannah fills the pages with the terror, awe, beauty and almost unimaginable remoteness of the magnificent landscape... With an eye to every detail of life and survival, she richly describes nature's grandeur, which is matched by its ubiquitous dangers... To follow up on the runaway international success of Hannah's “The Nightingale” must have been a daunting challenge, and while “The Great Alone” may not eclipse that mega-seller, it's a worthy successor. Hannah's family owns and operates an adventure lodge in Alaska, and her deep and detailed knowledge of America's spectacular “last frontier” infuses every chapter of this book.
—Seattle Times
I've always loved survival stories, and Kristin Hannah has written a great one here. There are moments of real man-against-the-elements tension, but also a larger exploration of what kind of character is needed in order to survive the harsh and punishing conditions of frontier life.... How this drama plays out in the lives of Hannah's characters is fascinating to see, and readers will be more than happy to throw on an extra blanket and spend a little more time in this enthralling place that she captures so well.
Hannah has created a complex and agonizingly relatable character.... Hannah has created an atmosphere of brooding paranoia and simmering violence that can set your heart racing. Anticipated plot twists unravel unexpectedly. Leni is, by all marks, the strong woman here. But she's how many of us would be strong: in fits and starts, undone by errors of judgment and misplaced trust. There is another character here: the almost human presence of Alaska. The author's parents were themselves hippie homesteaders of sorts on the Kenai River, and her own experience lends an authentic foundation to this compelling saga of domestic violence, determination and destiny.
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
Kristin Hannah's new novel makes Alaska sound equally gorgeous and treacherous — a glistening realm that lures folks into the wild and then kills them there. It's the essential setting of “The Great Alone,” an epic story about a teenage girl trapped in her parents' toxic marriage.... The weaknesses of “The Great Alone” are usually camouflaged by its dramatic and often emotional plot. It all skates along quickly, but slow down and you're liable to crack through the thin patches of Hannah's style.... But who cares? By the end, I was surrounded by snow drifts of tissues damp with my tears, which may be as close as I'll ever get to the last frontier.
—Washington Post
It's a heart-tugger written in borderline young adult style, combining terrible troubles with notes of overripe romance.... The terrible troubles are completely one-note.... Hannah manages to keep all this from getting too repetitive by steadily raising the stakes.... “The Great Alone” is packed with rapturous descriptions of Alaskan scenery, which are the most reliably alluring part of it.... Characters are good or bad in “The Great Alone,” happy or miserable.... Leni's problems are dramatic enough to keep readers hooked, but she herself is good every minute of the day. Hannah gives her a kind of afterword, in which Leni writes: “Someone said to me once that Alaska didn't create character; it revealed it.” Maybe so. But we know who she is right from the start.
—New York Times
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