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Meet Alma, a mother and wife, who’s brutally honest and bitter. Disappointment and heartbreak have left the once vital and joyful woman so cynical and self-protecting that she has forgotten how to love anyone, including herself.

She has become so accustomed to being resentful of her husband, James, that even when she wants to show him love she doesn’t know how. He made some mistakes over the course of their decades-long marriage, but she made some mistakes, too, which alienated ...

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Overview

Meet Alma, a mother and wife, who’s brutally honest and bitter. Disappointment and heartbreak have left the once vital and joyful woman so cynical and self-protecting that she has forgotten how to love anyone, including herself.

She has become so accustomed to being resentful of her husband, James, that even when she wants to show him love she doesn’t know how. He made some mistakes over the course of their decades-long marriage, but she made some mistakes, too, which alienated not only her husband but friends and neighbors as well. Deep down she is sorry for what happened and still loves Harold, but stubborn pride eats away the short time they have left to make amends.

When she finds herself widowed with grown children in far-off places, a deep loneliness sets in and she starts to give up on life. That is until a group of red hat ladies—whom she once thought of as belonging to a cult—extend hands of friendship and reintroduce her to herself and, possibly, a new love.

In this debut novel, Wayans has crafted unforgettable characters in Alma, her family, and friends, and a charming story that stays with the reader long after the last page is read and reminds us of the enduring power of love and friendship.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Wayan's story is propelled by engaging characters and snappy dialogue that keep his hard-on-her-luck . . . protagonist in check.”

Publishers Weekly

“The book he’s written probably isn’t what you’d expect from the envelope-pushing and ribald comedian.”

Entertainment Weekly

“A totally new direction. . . . It’s definitely a very inspiring story. . . . It’s a good drama.”

—Rachael Ray, The Rachael Ray Show

“Wayans has done a fine job. . . . He imbues the story of Alma with his gift of dialogue in an uplifting story.”

—BV on Books

“The book has a“Wayans is not known as an author of serious fiction. His new book just might change that.”

—Oprah.com

“The book has a good premise. . . . In Wayans’ vernacular, the setup went well.”

Chicago Sun-Times

“The character development was good. . . . Wayans did a good job of pulling his readers in.”

—Associated Content

Publishers Weekly
Comedian-actor Wayans (Bootleg) makes his unlikely fiction debut with a morality tale about an embittered, sharp-tongued woman who, by novel's end, gets readers rooting for her. Facing her 65th birthday, Alma is noisily unhappy with her life, her children, and, especially, her husband, Harold. When Harold dies of a heart attack, however, she's so lonely and guilt-stricken that she turns to suicide. Luckily, her attempt is thwarted by a group of ladies belonging to the Red Hat Society, a (real-life) organization of women 50 years or more old, dedicated to living life to its fullest. Though the Red Hats, each with problems of her own, open their hearts to Alma, she remains a captive of her bitterness, turning the same fury she casts on her family at the society. When a second tragedy befalls Alma, and the Red Hats once again offer help, Alma begins to reciprocate their friendship, gradually softens to the world, and finally realizes the value of other people. Though entirely predictable, Wayan's story is propelled by engaging characters and snappy dialogue that keep his hard-on-her-luck, harder-to-like protagonist in check.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439164624
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,408,143
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Damon Wayans
Damons Wayans, author of New York Times bestseller Bootleg, and the fourth-eldest of ten in one of America's most famous and successful Hollywood families, is an award-winning actor, stand-up comedian, writer, and producer. He made his film debut in Eddie Murphy's Beverly Hills Cop, became famous as one of the ensemble cast of his brother Keenen Ivory Wayans's hit show, In Living Color, and starred in his own popular sitcom, My Wife and Kids. Red Hats is his first nove. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 15, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Simply Amazing :-)

    WOW - I could not put this book down and read it in two days and while doing so, I thought about my mom, aunt, grandmother, and my many sister friends and how relatable this book is on so many levels. The Red Hats are a classy bunch and I see them all the time at the train station and now, I am going to convince my mother to join. Damon, this book was soo engaging and fun and Alma was a hoot and I am glad that she became a 'better woman' instead of a 'bitter woman' in the end.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2010

    Cute Book

    At first I got kind of frustrated with RED HATS because the main character's bitterness. After getting into the "meat" of her story, I started to have compassion for her. In the end, I found this to be a really cute story that would make a wonderful movie on Lifetime or Hallmark...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2010

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    AWESOME

    A couple of weeks ago I saw Damon Wayans on television talking about his book. Being a Damon fan, I was interested to see what his style would be and anxious to see if he had the skills to keep me interested. Not only did he keep me interested, I found myself crying and thinking about my own mother and her bitter secrets and hard exterior. Alma spoke to me so loudly and I began to think of ways that my mother could soften the hard exterior of what is now her heart.

    This book is without a doubt a lesson in forgiveness, change and facing our worst fears. I would encourage others to purchase this book and allow the characters to speak to your heart as they have mine. The shear simplicity of it is what is most attractive.

    Kudos to Damon Wayans and I look forward to reading more from him.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    Great!

    This is a great story. Hope he does a sequel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2010

    A Book for Everyone

    Red Hats is a novel for any and everyone. The characters are well developed without over doing it. You will feel you know them, or someone just like them. There are little bits of the Wayans wit woven throughout the story. I actually laughed out loud a few times. Alma is definitely a hoot and you will enjoy the way her story unfolds. Everyone in my book club loved it and I highly recommend it for a little literary lift!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2010

    LOVE THE BOOK!!

    I love this book it starts off slow but it was very enjoyable would recommend it to anyone. It was a great read !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2010

    RED HATS

    I could not put it down. Alma character hit to close to home. I felt AS IF I were being Punk'd. Most mature women will identify.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

    Pleasantly surprising

    What an enjoyable book. Hope more is to come.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A MUST Read Book!

    Well, the only true word that holds enough power for the amazing job Mr. Wayans has done in writing this phenomenal piece of work titled "Red Hats" is WOW!!!! I have to admit that I am really not much of a reader, but this book kept me wanting more. I think I experienced every emotion imaginable. He has truly found another creative outlet and I can't wait until the next book!

    Red Hats is a MUST read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

    love it

    love love love it- was a good choice for damon to start writing- he has such a insight on how women feel and act- he did a wonderful job in writing this books - and it had some of everything - humor, and all - it makes you think twice - on how to treat people and how you want to be treated - good job Mr. Wayans- can not wait for the next book!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Blink

    She walked in, glancing seductively over at the two. "Hello." She purred.

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    Posted April 21, 2014

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    Posted April 21, 2014

    Black

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  • Posted March 16, 2012

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    Highly Recommend

    Not just for those who wear Red Hats. This is a story of love and growth and the best of all, Sisterhood. Damon definitely hit on just what all women need to hear. Love comes in all colors and all ages. It will make you laugh and cry and feel good for a long time.

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  • Posted February 9, 2012

    A VERY GOOD STORY-- MUST READ

    I had this book on my "to read list" finally bought it and loved it! It
    was a laugh out loud story, but also such a human story. Its an easy read, took me two evenings to read, I passed it on to one of my sisters and asked that she too pass it on, loved this book.

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

    I joined the Red Hat Society because of this book! Great read!

    This book had me from the beginning. Forgot who the author was and read this like it was my last meal. Hilarious, insightful, though provoking and left me wanting more and more. I was so moved during my research as a facilitator for our bookclub meeting that when I went to the Red Hat society website, I joined and became a supporter. I am now a Ruby Red Hat Rambler!
    Thank you Damon Wayans for getting unstuck and writing this book.

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