May Read: “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah

We are returning to Kristin Hannah for our May read: “The Great Alone” see below for a sneak peak from Amazon

In Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone, a damaged vet named Ernt Allbright returns from Vietnam and moves his family to the wilds of Alaska to start their lives anew. Initially it’s a welcome change, but as winter approaches, and Ernt’s mental state deteriorates, his wife and daughter find themselves in an increasingly precarious position. Leni and Cora are the heart of what is as much a mother-daughter love story as it is a pressure cooker of a page-turner. Together they reckon not only with the elements, but with some bad decisions, born from the stubborn faith that Ernt will somehow be restored to the person he was before the war. It’s a testament to Hannah’s compassionate storytelling that you’ll be hard-pressed to call him a villain; Ernt actually shares the same Achilles heel as the rest of the Allbright clan: they do not know how to ask for, or receive, help (so much so, you just want to shake them). Fortunately the cavalry comes anyway, including a homesteader named “Large Marge” who doesn’t suffer fools (or domestic abusers). The muse of The Great Alone is clearly Alaska–in all its untamed, stunningly beautiful, dangerous glory. It provides the perfect backdrop for an equally dramatic tale, one that feels remarkably current for the 1970s setting. But Hannah’s latest also harkens to her mega bestselling The Nightingale: it highlights the heroics of everyday people, especially women. And it’s just a damn good read. –Erin Kodicek, Amazon Book Review


The other books suggested by Fran included

Elizabeth Berg – We are All Welcome Here
Follow the River – James Alexander Thom
Lonesome Dove – McMurtry
That Month in Tuscany by I. Cooper
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones


March 8 Book Club

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Ela’s house next Thursday @6:30. Ela will both be hosting us and leading our discussion. Please leave a comment below to let us know if you can come and what you will bring.