Kaui Hart Hemmings
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Fortunes have changed for the King family, descendants of Hawaiian royalty and one of the state’s largest landowners. Matthew King’s daughters—Scottie, a feisty ten-year-old, and Alex, a seventeen-year-old recovering drug addict—are out of control, and their charismatic, thrill-seeking mother, Joanie, lies in a coma after a boat-racing accident. She will soon be taken off life support. As Matt gathers his wife’s friends and family to say their final goodbyes, a difficult situation is made worse by the sudden discovery that there’s one person who hasn’t been told: the man with whom Joanie had been having an affair. Forced to examine what they owe not only to the living but to the dead, Matt, Scottie, and Alex take to the road to find Joanie’s lover, on a memorable journey that leads to unforeseen humor, growth, and profound revelations.
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Beautiful story well written. Will recommend to our book club for discussion of the characters- especially Matt and the journey that he takes through it with his daughters.
It's been a very long time since a novel consumed me like this one...I finished it in five hours, alternately laughing out loud and crying. Being an RN and also experiencing my own moms' final days of hospice before passing away, I appreciated and was amazed by the way the author captured the duality of waiting for the inevitable, while resisting it's inevitability. Wow! What an amazing book! Our parents are complicated people...whether one or the other's passing leaves you with the one you were more comfortable with or the one you struggled to find common ground with, their relationship affects how a child feels about the surviving parent, and in the aftermath of loss, a new and sometimes better bond between the one's "left behind" is forged. You wouldn't trade this relationship for the world, but it came at a price...the loss of a parent. This book explores that and so many other dynamics with such strong literary skills. The writing flows, the storyline keeps you focused, and the dialogue is smart. The Descendants rings true about humans and our flaws, and celebrates that the ties that feel like they bind us can also be the roots that anchor us...it all depends on how we see them.
Started this book on my way from Cleveland to Mississippi and finished it on the way back. Loved it!!! Touching to the end!!