Katie’s Choice Book Club to discuss ‘The Descendants’

Staff Report

The Katie’s Choice Book Club selection for April is The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings.

Hosted by Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries and Katie’s Cup coffeebar, the book discussion will be at Katie’s Cup at 7 p.m., Monday, April 16. The discussion will be offered again at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 19,, at the coffeebar, 502 Seventh St., Rockford. The Book Club is open to all interested people, free of charge. No pre-registration is required.

The website dedicated to the novel describes the book as follows:

Narrated in a fearless voice full of bold hilarity and set against the lush backdrop of Hawaii, The Descendants tells the story of an unconventional family forced to come together and recreate its own legacy.

Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii, a royal descendant and one of the state’s largest landowners. Now, his luck has changed. His thrill-seeking and high-maintenance wife, Joanie, lies in a coma after a boat-racing accident, and will soon be taken off life support.

Before honoring Joanie’s living will, Matt must gather her friends and family to say their final goodbyes, a difficult situation made worse by the sudden discovery that there is one person who hasn’t been told — the man with whom Joanie had been having an affair — quite possibly the one man she ever truly loved. Forced to examine what he owes not only to the living but to the dead, Matt takes to the road with his daughters to find his wife’s lover, on a memorable journey which leads to both painful revelations and unforeseen humor and growth.”

For more information about Katie’s Choice Book Club, contact Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries at either (815) 962-4279 or RALMmail@ aol.com.

From the April 11-17, 2012, issue

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