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Monday Mentions: The Great Alone

A month or so ago, I decided I would join the local library's book club. I read September's selection, The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah, and then realized that I would not be available for the first meeting. In lieu of discussing it among book club members, I thought I would give my impressions here. I won't delve deeply into the plot, as I don't want to spoil it for anyone who might want to read it. 

Photo: The cover of the book, The Great Alone

The Great Alone tackles the big topics of veterans' mental health and the complexities of family abuse. Despite the seriousness of the themes, hope and love weave their way throughout the pages. We follow a man, his wife, and their daughter on a journey to Alaska, where they relocate and have to learn quickly how to survive. 

The book is well-written and believable. It does not provide societal solutions to the challenges posed, but brings to life the importance of improving mental health services and support for battered women. 

Have you read The Great Alone?  What were your impressions? 

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  1. Yes, I've read it. It was uncomfortable in places because I was so frustrated with the characters' actions. I did finish it and recommend it.

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    1. It is frustrating when characters don't behave like you want them to, but I think the author did a good job with the ending.

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