I have been looking forward to reading The Great Alone, but also anxious about it because Kristin Hannah’s books are either a major hit or a major miss for me. The Nightingale is up there in my top books, but I have found all of her others too froufrou, until now! I really enjoyed this one, and it’s a really solid four stars for me.
“Alaska isn’t about who you were when you headed this way. It’s about who you become. You are out here in the wild, Girls. This isn’t some fable or fairytale. It’s real. Hard.” -
The book is experienced, mainly, through the point of view of thirteen year old Leni as she and her parents settle into a new life after moving up to Alaska based on her father, Ernt’s impulsive decision to take over the homesteading of land left to him by a fellow POW in Vietnam. -
It’s 1974, and Alaska is a self proclaimed haven for people either running to something or away from something. Leni’s family is a little bit of both. Ernt is suffering from fairly severe PTSD in a time before PTSD. Ernt’s presents itself thru violence, paranoia, and anger. The long Alaska Winter night’s compound his issues and it seems that just as Leni and her mother, Cora, are coming into their own, and blossoming in Alaska, Ernt is losing his grip. -
The Great Alone dives into a lot of tough topics, and the characters are dealt a lot of unbelievably tough blows, but due to the community and cast of characters that make up the community, this is still a story of hope, strength, love, healing, and understanding that had me sobbing like a baby by the end.
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