February 2018 Indie Next List
“Kristin Hannah's The Great Alone is a powerful, compelling story of survival - survival of the natural elements and of the human spirit. It's 1974, and 13-year-old Leni Allbright lives with her devoted mother, Cora, and abusive father, Ernt, who was a prisoner of war during Vietnam. America is changing after the war, and Ernt thinks their best chance at a fresh start is to move off the grid, to America's last frontier - Alaska. Grizzlies, wolves, and dropping temperatures are Leni's worries outside of her family's cabin, but as Ernt's battle with his demons rages on, it's no safer inside. The result is a beautifully descriptive, heart-wrenching adventure.”
— Hillary Taylor, Lemuria Bookstore, Jackson, MS
Teenaged Leni and her parents are moving on once again--this time to an isolated cabin on a remote Alaskan peninsula. At first the family of three is excited to live "off the grid" and closer to nature, but the nonstop physical effort it takes to survive is something few of us can imagine. As the days get darker and colder, and Leni's father exhibits more and more of his depression and PTSD, the reader begins to wonder if it's better to be out in the cold, or locked in with the beast.