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The Descendants

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Now a major motion picture starring George Clooney and directed by Alexander Payne

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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Now a major motion picture starring George Clooney and directed by Alexander Payne

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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Product Details
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Published: May 15, 2007
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Imprint: Random House
ISBN: 9781588366627
Other books byKaui Hart Hemmings
  • Los Descendientes

    Los Descendientes
    Matthew King es un prestigioso abogado y uno de los mayores terratenientes de Hawaii. Podría considerarse un hombre afortunado si no fuera porque su mujer, Joanie, está en coma y lo ha dejado solo con unas hijas completamente descontroladas a las que apenas conoce. En unos días tiene que decidir si quiere desconectar a su esposa de la máquina que la mantiene con vida. Hasta entonces, se impone la tarea de reunir a sus amigos y familiares para comunicarles la noticia. Sin embargo, esta labor le deparará más de una sorpresa. «Descaradamente cómica. Hemmings encauza con virtuosismo la voz de un desconcertado héroe de mediana edad.» The New Yorker

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