The Descendants - Kaui Hart Hemmings

The Descendants

By Kaui Hart Hemmings

  • Release Date: 2007-05-15
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 603 Ratings


Narrated in a bold, fearless, unforgettable voice and set against the lush, panoramic backdrop of Hawaii, The Descendants is a stunning debut novel about an unconventional family forced to come together and re-create its own legacy—and the inspiration for the major motion picture starring George Clooney.

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.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Kaui Hart Hemmings's The Possibilities.


  • A great read!

    By booshmom
    Usually I try to read the book before seeing the movie…when the movie came out I had to see it, mostly because it starred George Clooney. Then when I saw the book online for $1.99, I decided that it wouldn’t kill me to read the book after having seen the movie. I enjoyed this book immensely and really couldn’t put it down. The characters were well written and read like real human beings. I think any of us can identify with the main character in this book, but also with the dying wife: many of us have things in our lives that we wouldn’t necessarily want our loved ones to know (even if it’s not an affair and only something as innocuous as unpaid parking tickets!) My only criticism, and it’s minor, is that I would have liked to have known a little more about the wife: what drove her to have the affair and who was she really? I guess it comes down to the fact that maybe we don’t know those closest to us as well as we think we do…. A strong “recommend”!!
  • Descendants

    By Karrie G
    Great book! Can't wait to see the movie now:)
  • What a lovely book this was

    By uprise24
    I saw the movie first and loved it. While healing from surgery, I picked up the book and spent a lovely day in the company of a coming together family. I feel after reading their book that I know them and their struggles and disappointments that life hands them all. What a brave strong man the father was and you know those girls (and Sid) were lucky to have him and they would go to knit a strong family unit that loves & respects their father and follows his principles. Get it. Read it. Get to know them. You'll be glad for having done it. .
  • Very good!

    By vignor2003
    Great book! Even thought the whole plot of the book is set around a sad event, it was not depressing in anyway. I found it funny and entertaining! I recommend this book
  • A must read

    By mamacoreenie
    This is a fabulous book, it is so well written, the characters are sad but strong and the narration is flawless. I'm actually at a loss for words describing how good this book is.
  • Fantastic

    By K603
    Prepare to experience a range of emotions as you turn each page. Wonderful character development. Great read and highly recommended.
  • Great book.

    By MercuryGirl2004
    Well written.
  • Fantastic ..

    By Kyleelou
    I was up till 6am, could not put it down; it's that good.
  • Descendants

    By Carrier bill
    I have not seen the the movie but I am interested in seeing how they did make a movie out of this book. Certainly must be R-Rated. It did hold my interest to finish it & I will see the movie.
  • The Descendants

    By Cathlikgirl
    A really great read...funny and sad. The balance of grief and humor are really how it is to lose someone you love.