Teaser Tuesday: The Great Alone

**I’m sure I’m doing this backwards because I reviewed this book a few days ago, and it would make more sense to preview before giving a final analysis. But I had to share a little of the elegant prose drawing readers across the globe to The Great Alone, highlighting it’s greatest asset, even though I pinned a mixed review on it.**

TEASER TUESDAY is a weekly book meme hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can join, just open your current read to a random page and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences (no spoilers, just enticing bait to lure would-be readers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments.

The great alone novelTwo reasons I wanted to Tease this novel: First of all, an example of Hannah’s profound writing begged to be shared and celebrated, but was difficult to include and give it’s due in the space of a 5-book review. Secondly, I listened to the audio and actually chose a random track which I transcribed onto paper for this teaser, before I finished the book sooner than expected. Here goes:

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, 435 pgs.

Disc 3, track 6:

With a sigh she dressed in the darkness. In the first few months of this Alaskan winter, she had learned to live like one of those phosphorescent invertebrates that roamed the sea floor; their lives untouched by any light or color except that which they generated themselves.

A few thoughts: I felt some characters were never fully fleshed out or were mishandled, and it suffered from uneven pacing in exchange for a pressure cooker suspense-filled plot. However, fans of family sagas and of Kristen Hannah will find much to take away.

What I enjoyed about Alone; this book has depth for days. Such grandeur of setting, from the vast expanse of Alaskan wilderness in endless daylight, to the minuscule moment between heartbeats or ticks of the clock during extended darkness. In either case, fortunes can change and tragedy strike in an instant. Some instances were so compelling, I was on the literal edge of my seat while driving. And the poetry! The title derives from a Robert Service poem, an Alaskan poet introduced to Hannah by her father during childhood, according to an author interview.

“Were you ever out in the Great Alone, when the moon was awful clear,
And the icy mountains hemmed you in with a silence you most could hear;”

The Shooting of Dan McGrew


Powerful imagery from a memorable story, whose sum of it’s parts were greater than it’s whole. Now that I’ve broadcasted my opinion in this teaser and a review, please share your own if you’ve read this book or want to. I’m interested to hear what others have to say.

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