It’s a daunting task to convey the emotional mess that accompanies the death of a loved one, but Kaui Hart Hemmings’ The Descendants captures both the intense sorrow and scattershot moments of levity. Matthew King is a wealthy Hawaiian land-owner keeping vigil over his comatose wife along with his two daughters, one a pathological liar and the other a delinquent. As he begins to face what a faulty father and husband he’s been, King bumbles toward a kind of redemption. The characters aren’t very likable — even the narcissistic, dying wife isn’t granted a free pass — but their all-too-human flaws lend the novel the sharp resonance of truth.
The Descendants It's a daunting task to convey the emotional mess that accompanies the death of a loved one, but Kaui Hart Hemmings' The Descendants...The DescendantsFictionKaui Hart Hemmings It's a daunting task to convey the emotional mess that accompanies the death of a loved one, but Kaui Hart Hemmings' The Descendants...2007-05-18Random House
Genre: Fiction; Author: Kaui Hart Hemmings; Publisher: Random House
Posted May 18 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT
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