The Descendants

The Descendants

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A descendant of one of Hawaii's largest landowners, Matt King finds his luck changed when his fun-loving, flighty wife Joanie falls into a coma, victim of a boating accident. Matt is left in sole charge of his two daughters, teenage ex-model and recovering drug addict Alex, and Scottie, a feisty ten-year-old. And then Matt discovers Joanie has been having an affair. Deciding to seek out Joanie's lover so that he too has a chance to say his goodbyes, Matt takes to the road with his daughters on a memorable journey of painful revelations and unexpected humour...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 19mm | 213g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Media tie-in
  • Film Tie-In
  • 0099570246
  • 9780099570240
  • 40,218

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"Shockingly irreverent and funny while exerting that all-important emotional tug... A well-plotted, unexpectedly twisting saga"
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"Gripping and funny... A brave and intelligent novel" * Sunday Telegraph * "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 * "An assured and subtle writer. The islands rise lush and untamed in the background" * Observer * "A darkly funny debut...a sharp story of emotional and sexual awakening in idyllic Hawaii" * Metro *
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About Kaui Hart Hemmings

Kaui Hart Hemmings is the author of the critically acclaimed short-story collection House of Thieves. Her writing has appeared in Zoetrope, Best New American Voices 2006, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2004. Hemmings grew up in Hawaii and lives with her husband and daughter in San Francisco.
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17,804 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 22% (3,915)
4 46% (8,132)
3 26% (4,607)
2 5% (959)
1 1% (191)

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The Descendants looks at how a family can appear to others on the outside whereas on the inside they have become isolated from each other. It doesn't matter how rich or socially outgoing you are sometimes you lose sight of what really matters and in The Descendants Hemmings delves into family dynamics and draws you back to what should really matter. The book seems to be overshadowed by the huge success of the film, but definately worth reading. Read my full review at more
by Tracy Hudson
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