Kristin Hannah, author of the 2015 bestseller “The Nightingale” and more than 20 other novels, joins Alberto Rios to discuss her latest book, “The Great Alone.”
The book opens in 1974 as former POW Ernt Allbright 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, caught in the middle of her parents’ volatile relationship, hopes that a new home will lead to a better future for her family. 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.