West University Book Club-Selection for May 1

The DescendantsTitle to be discussed: The Descendants, by Kaui Hart Hemmings.  Wednesday May 1, at 11 a.m. Review:  The narrator of this audaciously comic début novel, the scion of the last Hawaiian landowning clan, has floated through his privileged life.  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 wife’s lover. Meanwhile, his cousins are urging him to sell the family’s vast landholdings for development—to 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. -The New Yorker