Remember George Clooney? (Just wanted to see if you were awake.) Remember a movie George Clooney was in called “The Descendents”? (It was a great movie, as most Alexander Payne movies are; if you haven’t seen it, you’re in for a treat. You’re welcome.) “The Descendents” was based on a debut novel of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings.
I read THE DESCENDENTS after I saw the movie and thought it was a terrific novel–about what happens when a Hawaiian native (played in the film by foxy George) discovers while his wife is in a coma that she was cheating on him. What effect does this have on him and his two daughters? What does he do? What happens to all of them? What happens to his comatose wife?