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The Descendants

Hemmings, Kaui Hart

Published by Random House; New York, 2007
ISBN 10: 1400066336 / ISBN 13: 9781400066339
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Title: The Descendants

Publisher: Random House; New York

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition


Random House. FIRST EDITION HARDCOVER in FINE Condition in FINE Dustjacket. INTERIOR PRISTINE & unread. Suitable for gifting or collection. Carefully shipped in secure parcel. Bookseller Inventory # 509273

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Synopsis: Narrated in a bold, fearless, hilarious voice and set against the lush, panoramic backdrop of Hawaii, The Descendants is a stunning debut novel about an unconventional family forced to come together and re-create its own legacy.
Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors were financially and culturally progressive?one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state?s largest landowners.

Now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control: Ten-year-old Scottie is a smart-ass with a desperate need for attention, and seventeen-year-old Alex, a former model, is a recovering drug addict. Matt?s charismatic, thrill-seeking, high-maintenance wife, Joanie, lies in a coma after a boat-racing accident and will soon be taken off life support. The Kings can hardly picture life without her, but as they come to terms with this tragedy, their sadness is mixed with a sense of freedom that shames them?and spurs them into surprising actions.

Before honoring Joanie?s living will, Matt must gather her friends and family to say their final goodbyes, a difficult situation made worse by the sudden discovery that there is one person who hasn?t been told: the man with whom Joanie had been having an affair, quite possibly the one man she ever truly loved. Forced to examine what he owes not only to the living but to the dead, Matt takes to the road with his daughters to find his wife?s lover, a memorable journey that leads to both painful revelations and unforeseen humor and growth.

Review: "Shockingly irreverent and funny while exerting that all-important emotional tug... A well-plotted, unexpectedly twisting saga" ( Guardian)

"Kaui Hart Hemmings' assured touch and her fine grasp of the absurd ensures that this novel steers a deliciously scenic route between heartbreak and hilarity" ( Daily Mail)

"Gripping and funny... A brave and intelligent novel" ( Sunday Telegraph)

"An assured and subtle writer. The islands rise lush and untamed in the background" ( Observer)

"Utterly original and absolutely compelling... a fantastic first novel" (Geoff Dyer)

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