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Book Recommendation: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Book Recommendation: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah


The Great Alone (2018) is a story of endurance an resilience in the Alaska frontier beginning in 1974 by The New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah. Dolores and I enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it for your reading list. Much of the story takes place in the area near Homer, Alaska. Dolores commented that the book made her recall memories of living in Alaska when she was a kid. I have previously recommended The Nightingale by this author and I hope you have read it. Click on the links to learn more about the author and her books.


Kristin Hannah


Books by Kristin Hannah


Kristin Hannah is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, which was named Goodreads Best Historical fiction novel for 2015 and won the coveted People's Choice award for best fiction in the same year. Additionally, it was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, iTunes, Buzzfeed, the Wall Street Journal, Paste, and The Week. 


Goodreads Review of The Great Alone

"Alaska, 1974.
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land 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 it means following him into the unknown

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature."



The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah


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Comment balloon 18 commentsRoy Kelley • December 31 2018 01:43PM


Good morning Roy. A quick start to your recommended readings for 2019. Might be my year for fiction. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 8 months ago

Good morning Roy, thanks for the suggestion on the book. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on many more throughout the year!

Posted by Matthew Klinowski, PA, Golf Community Real Estate Specialist (Downing-Frye) 8 months ago

Wishing you and your family  Happy, Healthy, Prosperous 2019. I hope you will have a wonderful year.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 8 months ago

Thanks for the recommendation, Roy.  I'll be adding this to my reading list.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 8 months ago

Good Morning Roy, Wishing you and Chef Delores a healthy 2019. Happy New Year!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 8 months ago

Finally! A book you've recommended that I've already read, Roy. Loved it. I read all of Kristin Hannah's books... and there isn't one I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. This was both a "dark" story and an inspiring one.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 8 months ago

Roy, this book sounds really good, and went to Homer on vacation in 2016 to go fishing.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 8 months ago

Good morning Roy, I read this book last month and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was one I couldn't put down. Wishing you and Dolores a Happy New Year, I hope you enjoy the first day of 2019. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Sounds like a book I would enjoy Roy Kelley 

Happy New Year & Keep on Smiling

Wishing you the Best in 2019


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 8 months ago

Happy New Year to you too Amanda!  Have a profitable 2019 Surrounded by friends and loved ones! 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) 8 months ago

My sister and her family lived in Alaska for 27 years.  I'm betting she would enjoy this book.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 8 months ago


I had no idea that Dolores lived in Alaska.  Our friend and AR member, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD (Debb) was born in Alaska and lived there.  I will definitely check out the book.  Thank you for the review.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 8 months ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Dolores lived in Kodiak when her father was stationed there. He was in the navy. 

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

Thanks Roy, first of all, for giving me the heads up about this book, and for the review. I just finished Michelle Obama's book, so this one will be next.  It sounds intriguing. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 8 months ago

Roy, I'm going to bookmark this, as I'm always looking for a good read! Having visited AK last July with my hubby, (his first time there, my second), we fell in love! One of the best vacations we've ever had. And we watch "Building Alaska" all of the time, too. 

Thanks for the recommendation and the wonderful 2019 well wishes from you--backacha, my friend!! 

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) 8 months ago

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 7 months ago

Oh my gosh, I'm so glad you mentioned this again. I meant to get this one, but somehow lost the title. I was trying to remember it a few weeks ago. Perfect!  

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 4 months ago

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 4 months ago