“The Descendants” by Kaui Hart Hemmings
(That’s George Clooney on the cover of this book alright. In fact, Mr. Clooney having made the film version of this book – and my desire to see said film version – is the reason I grabbed my copy of “The Descendants” from the used bookstore where I located it.)
Kaui Hart Hemmings has written an incredibly readable – and weirdly hopeful – book about a family in shambles trying to put together whatever pieces they can track down. Matthew King, patriarch, is faced with a wife in a coma and two daughters ages seventeen and ten. The time has come to remove the wife from life support, but before they can do that friends and family need to be notified, and secrets need to be fully revealed. It’s a book that manages to be about death and dark things without ever going too depressing. Thanks largely to the teenagers involved, it’s even quite funny. And it made me want to go back to Hawaii – not that I need much pushing to want to do that.
I read “The Descendants” in one breezy afternoon, and suggest it as a summer read.