I had been waiting for this book from my local library for a very long time. By the time I had thought to put it on hold I was #29 on the hold list! So when I had the email appear in my inbox telling me The Great Alone was ready for pick up, I squealed and 🏃🏼♀️🏃🏼♀️🏃🏼♀️ to the Omemee library!
Kristin Hannah has written a ton of books in her span of being an author. She’s a retired lawyer, turned author. I’ve read a few of her catalogue, but my all time favourite was her last book The Nightingale. If you haven’t read it, go get it immediately, it’s on my top 10 favs list! So when The Great Alone came out, I was stoked, along with the rest of the bookish world.
The Great Alone is set in the 70’s, revolving around the Allbright family. Ernt, a Vietnam Veteran returns from a POW camp as a changed man. His wife, Cora, and daughter, Leni, have also had their lives changed forever, as Ernt is violent, and easily frustrated. When a friend of Ernt’s from the War has passed, they find out Ernt has inherited his property in Alaska. The Allbright family decides to take a chance on a fresh start and move up to a remote town in Alaska. Hold on from here… as the story has only begun.
I thought this book had an awesome plot. With a setting in Alaska in the 70’s there is just so much interesting content. From no electricity, to fending off the wild animals, it’s so exciting and definitely removed from our everyday luxury. The other plot line that involved PTSD, and the affect it had on the Allbright family was hard to read… but to think how many families went through this exact scenario was eye opening.
Mama could never leave Dad, and Leni would never leave Mama. And Dad could never let them go. In this toxic knot that is their family, there was no escape for them.
The one thing that really connected this book together was the strength of the women. They were what held the families together, and the key to survival. One character, Large Marge, was my favourite! She took no shit from anyone, knew what needed to be done, and just did it.
I found this book to be a really compelling story, but (unpopular opinion) I found the ending to be really rushed, and somewhat unbelievable. But in all honest, it’s worth the read, because it’s a really great story that will have you flipping pages so fast!
Anywho, Happy Canada Day, and hope you are having a great weekend 😎🇨🇦