|Amazon Price||New from||Used from|
Hemmings's bittersweet debut novel, an expansion of her first published short story ("The Minor Wars," from House of Thieves and originally published in StoryQuarterly), stars besieged and wryly introspective attorney Matt King, the land-rich descendant of Hawaiian royalty and American missionaries and entrepreneurs. He wrestles with the decision of whether to keep his swath of valuable inherited land or sell it to a real estate developer. But even more critical, Matt also has to decide whether to pull the plug on his wife, Joanie, who has been in an irreversible coma for 23 days following a boat-racing accident. Then Matt finds out that Joanie was having an affair with real estate broker Brian Speer, impelling him to travel with his two daughters—precocious 10-year-old Scottie and fresh from rehab 17-year-old Alex—from Oahu to Kauai to confront Brian. Matt finds out the truth about Joanie and Brian, which influences his decision about what to do with his family's on-the-block land and complicates his plans for Joanie. Matt's journey with his girls forms the emotional core of this sharply observed, frequently hilarious and intermittently heartbreaking look at a well-meaning but confused father trying to hold together his unconventional family. (May)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The narrator of this audaciously comic début novel, the scion of the last Hawaiian landowning clan, has floated through his privileged life: marriage to a model given to "speedboats, motorcycles, alcoholism"; children getting into trouble (cocaine, bullying) at élite schools; membership at a century-old beach club that rejects those with "unfavorable pedigrees." But when a catamaran accident leaves his wife in a coma he must wake from his own "prolonged unconsciousness," reacquaint himself with his neglected daughters, and track down his wifes lover. Meanwhile, his cousins are urging him to sell the familys vast landholdings for developmentto relinquish, in his eyes, the final vestige of their native Hawaiian ancestry. Hemmings channels the voice of her befuddled middle-aged hero with virtuosity, as he teeters between acerbic and sentimental, scoffing at himself even as he grasps for redemption.
Copyright © 2007 Click here to subscribe to The New Yorker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It was good, I liked the interaction of the main characters.... the story was different and not predictable, and a welcome change after boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Bookchild
Read the book after seeing the movie. Had to see why they made a movie. Very different outlook, enjoyed it.Published 23 days ago by Ede Lee Phillips
Just a great read. I had seen the movie a few years ago but didn't remember every detail. I did enjoy the bit of meta of the youngest daughter wearing a Mrs. Clooney tshirt.Published 2 months ago by Bess
Wow what can I say about this book. I had such mixed feelings about it. I did enjoy the story but I hated the way some of the characters were written. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. Brady
Loved the setting, brought back good memories of living in Hawaii. The character development was good, as was the development between Matt and his daughters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Janet Munro
A beautifully written, intelligent novel with quirky, interesting characters. I read this novel as part of my book club and all of use who read it thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 3 months ago by Margerie Lumberg
A good solid read that kept me interested throughout. I read this after seeing the movie of the same name and found that the movie followed the book well. Ms. Read morePublished 4 months ago by William West