The Descendants – Kaui Hart Hemmings (2007)


The Descendants is a novel about the King family, descended from Hawaiian royalty, landowners, and dysfunctional. Matthew, Scottie, Alex are dealing with the trauma of matriarch Joanie lying in a coma, while coming to terms with the realization that Joanie was having an affair. Scottie and Alex are troubled, and Alex must work through the feelings of loyalty she feels to the mother that betrayed her and her family. Thrown into the mix is the fact that Matthew must decide whether to hold onto or sell his inherited land – the state’s largest private land ownership. A journey of a family rebuilding and working to determine where their loyalties must lie, Hemmings has drawn a beautiful portrait of the struggle of familial love and obligation, against the lush landscape of Hawaii. 283 pages.

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