Now a major motion picture starring George Clooney and directed by Alexander PayneFortunes 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... show more
Now a major motion picture starring George Clooney and directed by Alexander PayneFortunes 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.Look for special features inside.Join the Circle for author chats and more.RandomHouseReadersCircle.com
Publish date: October 4th 2011
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
Good story about a man learning to be a dad in a really bad situation
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A story that provoked mixed feelings in me... Told in a deceptively calm and dispassionate voice, The Descendants ends up portraying a tsunami of emotions. I approached it curiously, but without great expectations. Honestly I tend to ignore books that come labeled as "Best Books of this and t...
Just a so-so read. A bit depressing but everything will eventually turn out okay for this mildly dysfunctional family. I put this one in the once is enough pile; it just isn't compelling enough to want to read again.