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.
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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.
Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Kristin Hannah
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Size: 9.40h x 6.60w x 1.50d
Review Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 09/15/2017
Library Journal 10/01/2017
Publishers Weekly 10/09/2017
Booklist 11/01/2017 pg. 13
Kirkus Reviews 11/15/2017 pg. 114
Shelf Awareness 03/02/2018
School Library Journal 03/01/2018 pg. 128
Accelerated Reader Quiz #/Name: 502117 / Great Alone
Reading Level: 4.9 / Interest Level: Upper Grade / Point Value: 20