The GoSparksPress.com and BookSparks.com Winter Reading Challenge 2018 #WRC2018 continues. This week we’re checking out bestselling author, Kristin Hannah’s new novel, THE GREAT ALONE (St.Martin’sPress).
Alaska, 1974. Untamed. Unpredictable. For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of the human spirit.
Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. A man who uses his fists on the ones he loves, when his anger flares and is unmanageable. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: to leave the lower forty-eight behind. 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, is a teenager who finds peace and comfort in her books and words. She’s caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship and dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if 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 mental state turned angry, volatile and dangerous. Soon the perils of the frontier 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.
I absolutely loved this novel. Alaska is its own character, along with the human ones Kristin creates. I could literally feel the terror of going out during a snowstorm, knowing bears were hungry and you might not find your way home. The tenderness Leni finds in Alaska will have you tear up much throughout the novel. But ultimately love will prevail, as will justice that makes sense in this unique and untamed part of the country.
Kristin Hannah is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, Winter Garden, Night Road, and Firefly Lane.
Her novel, The Nightingale, has been published in 43 languages and is currently in movie production at TriStar Pictures, which also optioned her novel, The Great Alone. Her novel, Home Front has been optioned for film by 1492 Films (produced the Oscar-nominated The Help) with Chris Columbus attached to direct.
Kristin is a former-lawyer-turned writer who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. Her novel, Firefly Lane, became a runaway bestseller in 2009, a touchstone novel that brought women together, and The Nightingale, in 2015 was voted a best book of the year by Amazon, Buzzfeed, iTunes, Library Journal, Paste, The Wall Street Journal and The Week. Additionally, the novel won the coveted Goodreads and People’s Choice Awards. The audiobook of The Nightingale won the Audiobook of the Year Award in the fiction category.
FYI: Kristin is the cover article in this month’s WRITER’S DIGEST.
Thanks to Kristin, St. Martin’s Press and BookSparks, we have one copy of THE GREAT ALONE to giveaway. Just tell us which of Kristin’s novels is your favorite. Mine was FLY AWAY and now is THE GREAT ALONE. We’ll announce a winner next week. Good luck.
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