With three successful books under her belt, including the path breaking, myth-shattering Mastani, and a vast repertoire of journalistic work as a perfect personal resource, Kusum Choppra is an author with the pluck to question the status quo through her writings. She distills experiences of a lifetime, and picks out grains of truth set in rich verbal embroidery to narrate stories from a much-needed feminine perspective.
Her journalistic roots and storytelling skills enable her to write from the heart while examining issues objectively; and allow her to delve into the internal conversations that people have about what is happening to and around them.
Kusum Choppra’s stories blend crisp storytelling with her signature style of written emoting that make “Aaine ko Aaine se Ruberu Karna” situations possible. They often bear the stamp of a delineation of unequal relationships that raise the question: “Is it not possible for male-female co-existence to be peaceful and non-confrontational? Can the balance not be redressed?”
Her forte is always a Twist in the Tail of the Tale.
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.