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The Descendants

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A descendant of one of Hawaii's largest landowners, Matthew King finds his luck has changed. His two daughters - Scottie, a feisty ten-year-old, and Alex, a teenage recovering drug addict - are out of control; his thrill-seeking, high-maintenance wife, Joanie, lies in a coma after a boat-racing accident and will soon be taken off life support. Suddenly the King family must come to terms with this tragedy - and with the shameful sense of freedom that comes with it. As Matt gathers Joanie's friends and family to say their final goodbyes, a difficult situation is made worse by the discovery that one person hasn't been told - the man with whom Joanie has been having an affair. Forced to examine what he owes not only to the living but also to the dead, Matt takes to the road with his daughters to find his wife's lover on a memorable journey of painful revelations and unforeseen humour. A descendant of one of Hawaii's largest landowners, Matthew King finds his luck has changed.His two daughters - Scottie, a feisty ten-year-old, and Alex, a teenage recovering drug addict - are out of control; his thrill-seeking, high-maintenance wife, Joanie, lies in a coma after a boat-racing accident and will soon be taken off life support. Suddenly the King family must come to terms with this tragedy - and with the shameful sense of freedom that comes with it. Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
William G

Great Read!

by William G on Feb 2, 2012

As a kama'aina myself, big shout out to Kaui Hart Hemmings for a wonderful read that captures the flavor of a certain piece of Hawai'i. Strong characters, humorous, deep and real story with universal touch. Try to read it before you see Clooney in the role! Thanks, Kaui, for setting a family story against the backdrop of Hawai'i's struggle over land and identity.

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