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Ernt Allbright comes home from a war in Vietnam different from whom he was before and when he receives a letter from the father of his friend who died in the war and he brings his family up north—to Alaska, where they would live off the grid in America's last true frontier.
Thirteen-year-old Leni Allbright is a girl growing up in a tumultuous time, caught in between her parents' stormy relationship, who grows up hoping that moving to a new land will change their lives for the better—desperate to feel like she belongs somewhere. Her mother, Cora, would do anything to make the man she loves happy, even if it meant following him into the unknown.
There had been lots of hope for the family moving to Alaska; being in the wilder and more isolated part of the state, they meet a fierce and independent community of strong individuals. And the summer days allowed for the family to prepare for the winter and as it approached and darkness began to descent on Alaska, Ernt's mental state dwindled along with the night and the family began to fracture.
Soon, the dangers of the Alaskan wilderness were nothing compared to the danger impending within the walls of their own home. With only six to eight hours of daylight, Leni and her mother realize that they are on their own. There was no one to save them but themselves.
In this story reflecting the human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah shares the resolute character of American pioneer and the spirit of vanishing Alaska—a wilderness full of beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring and touching tale about the fight for survival, love and loss, and the beauty of the great Alaskan wilderness.
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