I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies.
My encounter with Kristin Hannah’s work came from her exciting and suspense-filled novel, The Great Alone. It tells the story of Ernt Albright, his wife Cora, and their 13-year-old-daughter, Leni. Ernt was a captured POW in Vietnam. When he finally returned home, he was thoroughly broken. He suffered from a severe case of PTSD. He has lost another job and verges on the edge of complete collapse. When he receives a letter from the father of his best friend—who died in Vietnam--he learns his friend had requested Ernt take over the property, so he can find some peace. The family was welcome by the local residents, and they offered much in the way of labor, supplies, and food in preparation for the coming winter. Ernt refuses all such help.