The Great Alone - Kristen Hannah

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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.


I was hooked from the first chapter and did not want to put this one down! The blurb doesn't do justice to this story and that's a good thing.

Deep and complex characters against a turbulent and unpredictable backdrop. Just my type of read.

This is only the second book I have read by Hannah and it will not be the last.

One Caveat ...

I did not personally feel Ernt was abusive because of PTSD. He was an abusive person who (later) happened to have a mental problem. Most of his abuse tended to be tied to alcoholism and lack of sleep (which is legit).

Unfortunately, there is a bit at the end where the author all but states that ... yeah that was the problem.

One Caution ...

This book deals with an abusive relationship. It starts off a bit implied, but later gets much more graphic and obvious. 



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