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The Great Alone

The Great Alone

作者 : Kristin Hannah

作者 : 克莉絲汀.漢娜

出版社 : PAN MACMILLAN

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定價 : NT 499

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紐約暢銷書作家克莉絲汀‧漢娜細膩描繪人類的脆弱與重生,愛與失去
揭露現代美國不屈不饒的先驅及即將消逝的阿拉斯加精神
「絕妙精湛的偉大作品!」─《科克斯書評》

歷經慘烈越戰返家的Ernt Allbright,因為戰爭的創傷而徹底改變性格。最近失去工作的他,讓他下了一個衝動的決定:他決定舉家搬遷到美國最北方阿拉斯加,體驗真正的邊境生活。

13歲的Leni正經歷一段暴躁的青春期,也因為父母混亂的關係而陷入狂亂的情緒,這段宛如暴風雨般不穩定的家庭關係,期望這段搬遷旅程能徹底改善家庭的未來,也希望為自己找尋真正的容身之處。而她的母親Cora願意為了她所愛的男人做任何事,即使要前往未知的遠方。

一開始,阿拉斯加似乎是他們盼望一切的解答。在一片荒蕪遙遠的角落,他們發現一個擁有無比堅強居民的獨立社區,漫長的白晝和慷慨的居民彌補了Allbrights一家準備不足的物資。當冬日接近且永夜降臨阿拉斯加,Ernt的精神狀態日趨惡化,也讓家庭關係每況愈下。

很快地寒冷的黑夜威脅著這一家人,和屋內的緊張氣氛相互交錯,小屋覆蓋著厚重白雪,長達18小時的黑夜,Leni和她的母親終於意識到一個恐怖的真相:在這荒蕪的阿拉斯加,除了他們自己,誰也拯救不了他們。 

"A TOUR DE FORCE." —Kirkus (starred review)

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 means following him into the unknown.

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.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska—a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.
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