Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

The Great Alone

Author: Kristin Hannah                               

Genre: Adult Fiction

Reviewed by Elaine Patterson, Newbridge  


Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, is caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that Alaska will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown.

At once an epic story of human survival and love, and an intimate portrait of a family tested beyond endurance, The Great Alone offers a glimpse into a vanishing way of life in America.

This is a compelling story of love and human endurance set in Alaska during the 1970s. In her elegant prose, Kristin Hannah tells the story of a family in crisis and of the bonds of community and family. The characters are very well drawn, and Hannah’s descriptions of the landscape and the efforts required to survive made the story come alive for me. Once I began reading the book, I became almost completely absorbed in it right up to the last page. The book deals with many themes, making this book worth several rereads. Fans of Kristin Hannah will no doubt want to read it, as will many others who enjoy contemporary and historical fictions about families.

Available to borrow on Bolinda Borrowbox in ebook or audiobook format. Prefer a physical copy ? Feel free to request online from your local library here or make an appointment to visit your library here.

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