My rating: 5 of 5 stars
All right, ladies and gentlemen! I think I have officially discovered my new favorite author! I thought it could be true after reading The Nightingale recently, and it has been confirmed with the conclusion of The Great Alone.
Kristin Hannah… That gal can write! Everything she writes is extremely real, complex, multi-faceted and layered. She captures the essence of her characters so perfectly and tells fictional stories that in no way feel like fiction. I feel like her characters could leap off the page at any moment.
I waited literally MONTHS to get to the top of the wait list at my local library for this audiobook and I’m so happy I finally got to experience this gem.
The Great Alone is a story about a young girl who is whisked to Alaska by her PTSD-stricken Vietnam-veteran father and her dutiful, complacent mother to live in the wilderness and survive off the land. What follows is a beautiful story of resilience in the face of hardship, friendships, love, survival, and conquering strength. It is absolutely beautiful.
It reminded me slightly of the movie Legends of the Fall. Although the story was in no way similar, it just had that heartbreaking yet satisfying storytelling that sucked me right in. I listened to this one on audiobook and I would highly recommend it. I was so engrossed that I spent 5 hours one day walking around my house with headphones on because I didn’t want it to stop.
Anybody who has not read Kristin Hannah really needs to. She is a true artist and utterly magnificent author. I cannot wait to read more of her previous work.