ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW. I had a few friends recommend this read to me, but I grossly underestimated how much I would love this one. It’s a long read, but TOTALLY WORTH IT. Without a doubt, The Great Alone is the best book I’ve read in 2020. Kristin Hannah, the author, has written over 20 novels, and I’m looking forward to reading some more of her novels.
Rating: A RARE 5/5 STARS. You must read.
Summary: The Allbright family is a family of three: Cora, the mother, Ernt, the father, and Leni, the daughter. Ernt came back from the Vietnam War a changed man. He has PTSD, mood swings, can’t hold a job, and believes the government is corrupt. Ernt gets word that a friend of his that died in the war has left his house in Alaska to Ernt and his family. The Allbrights have been moving consistently every few months or so for a while now, but this time it’s different. They move to Alaska. There are very few people in the town they move to, and learning to survive Alaska’s long and harsh winters proves to be a factor that will either break you or make you a true Alaskan.
There’s so much to unpack, but I don’t want to ruin it for you! You’re going to LOVE IT, take my word for it! And it goes through so many topics: PTSD, abuse, isolation, toxic relationships. Not to mention the unbelievable imagery. I really can’t say enough good things about this one.
For Fans Of: Historical fiction lovers will especially want to read this one, but I really think it’s a book that everyone will love and enjoy. Warning: it is a bit of a longer read (542 pages) but don’t let that scare you!