The Descendants today by Kaui Hart Hemmings. I heard about the novel, because NPR did a report about the upcoming movie version. When I heard some of the descriptions: "sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey," I had to read it.
The book is about a Hawaiian family dealing with the aftermaths of a boating accident that leaves the wife, a fashion model, in a coma. The book is written in present tense and from the point of view of the husband. He's trying to wrangle a 10-year-old wild child daughter, a 17-year-old daughter recovering from drugs and the reality that his wife was having an affair.
The husband, a descendant of Hawaiian royalty and missionaries, handles this while trying to make a decision about what to do with a family trust of land and to follow his wife's wish to be disconnected from life support, if in a persistent vegetative state.
I wanted to read Hemmings book, because my memoir deals with a weighty medical condition. In fact, it depresses some people. So, I'm always searching to see how others present medical situations.
So, I'm reading a dose of fictional dramedy to see if I can learn something.
Do you ever look to fiction for inspiration for a nonfiction project or to nonfiction for a fiction project?
Here's the movie trailer too. George Clooney plays the hapless husband.