The Great Alone spans about four decades telling the story of Leni whose life was anything but easy. Kristin Hannah told Leni’s story with emotion and compassion. There is much to like about the book from a simple entertainment view.
What is not to like is the tired, stereotypical portrayal of the Vietnam veteran. Only a few pages into the book I knew it would be the same old story of an abused man becoming the abuser. While the mid-1970’s was not known for being on the forefront of positive treatment of the vets, there were places and people who did do marvelous work with PTSD. I would love to read a novel by an excellent writer who tackled this subject and showed some positive outcomes. Leni’s story could have been that book, but it is not.
Four stars for the prose. Kristin Hannah is one of the best. One star for taking the easy way out in the portrayal of the veteran.
I received a free copy of the book from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for my honest review. Thank you.
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date 02.06.18