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The Great Alone: Book Club Questions

The Great Alone: Book Club Questions

By Kristin Hannah

Pages: 448

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Check out my free downloadable Book Club Questions for “The Great Alone” at the end of this post!

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Why I Read The Great Alone

Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale is one of the best books I’ve read in the last decade. She develops such authentic characters that at the end of the book, it’s natural to feel a bit of a loss. I’ve heard that this book is even better!

Secondly, I’m still processing the book Educated, A Memoir. I had the opportunity to meet the author, Tara Westover, at a recent book signing event. Ever since I’ve completed the book, people have been telling me of the parallels between The Great Alone and Educated.

You can check out our book club discussion for Educated, A Memoir here.

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I also love comparing books to the film, although in my opinion, the book always comes out ahead. Some of our book picks are in the process of becoming a movie: Small Great Things and Where the Crawdads Sing. Hulu just aired Little Fires Everywhere and Sony has purchased the right to this book, as well as The Nightingale.

What is The Great Alone About?

I don’t like to know much about a book (or movie) beforehand. You’ll notice my vagueness in other book club pick descriptions.

So, here’s the synopsis, straight from the author’s websiteThe 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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What else can I share? It’s the story of a Vietnam veteran, suffering from its aftermath and the resulting damage he inflicts on his family. The story takes place in the Alaskan wilderness in the 1970’s.

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Use these questions with your own Book Club!

You always have access to all past book club discussion questions (and more!) in our FREE Resource Library.

If you couldn’t make it to the book club discussion or are just finding this post now, I’ve provided a complete transcript below.

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