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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Posted by Ashley on March 17, 2020
Reviewed by Ashley
I recently read The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. I absolutely loved it. It was a beautifully written and heart wrenching story about Ernt Allbright a Prisoner of War, who comes home from Vietnam a changed man with PTSD. After going from job to job and place to place he decides to move his family to Alaska where they can start a new life and is optimistic that things will get better.
He has a thirteen-year-old daughter Leni who is caught up in her parents scary but passionate relationship while she herself is coming of age. She is hopeful that Alaska is the place that they will make their forever home and will make their family whole again. Cora is a loving mother to Leni and a committed wife to Ernt through the good and the bad.
When they move to Alaska it seems to be everything they always wanted. Stunningly beautiful, clean air, and friendly people. Their neighbours really help out these under prepared people who have no idea what winter really holds for them. When they get there, the sun is high in the sky, but this all will change, and they realize how unprepared they really are.
As winter comes into full swing and long hours of darkness set in, Ernt’s already dwindling mental state becomes worse and the family falls apart. There are a thousand ways to die in Alaska, but these dangers don’t outweigh the dangers of the Allbright’s own cabin.
Leni and her mother struggle to stay alive in both the wilderness and at the hand of Ernt. This is a story about survival and love. Cora and Leni stick together for the good of their family, but when is enough, enough?
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