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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439164614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439164617
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,488,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From 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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“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.”

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His colorful characters are well developed and engaging.
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This novel was a very good quick pleasant read.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Philly Hot Flasher on May 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a member of the Red Hat Society I applaud Damon Wayans
for writing this book. The characters are true to life and
the story is inspirational. Who knew Damon Wayans has a
touchy feeley side.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anne R. Martin on May 7, 2010
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This book was so true to life,warm and so funny I found myself laughing out loud. I can see Queen Latefia as Alma in a movie of this book. I have seen the ladies in the purple and red hats and now I know what a wonderful society it really is. Thank you Damon and I think you should let your Mom read it now because it was great.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gayla M. Collins VINE VOICE on June 13, 2010
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This novella is a tale of an embittered 64 year old lady, Alma, who is in an angry marriage. Both she and Harold are learned sparing partners, hurling insults back and forth, cutting deeply. When Harold suddenly dies, Alma regrets her venomous attacks and decides to end her life. Some red hat ladies are happening by and smell the gas, rescuing Alma from death. Thus begins a friendship with these ladies that aid Alma into finding compassion for the past and the present. Helping her to forgive others as well as herself. It is a journey, but these friends and a new love offer her alternate paths to walk leading to fulfillment and contentment.

Being a first novel, I think Damon Wayans(who I adore as a comedian) did a nice job. Not the great American novel, but an easy, fun read with a moral. Good luck on any future endeavors, Mr. Wayans.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By FlyeMom52 on May 19, 2010
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I caught Damon Wayans interview with Wendy Williams, and out of curiosity, decided to search for "Red Hats" at Amazon. After reading the full book description and five star reviews (from just 2 reviewers at that time) I downloaded the book to my Kindle. Well, let me say that I'm adding my own five star review! I read this book in a weekend, and I would have finished sooner had I not been forced to occassionally put the book down! I enjoyed the characters and story so much, I was actually sorry when I finished reading. I highly recommend this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn A. Getchell TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 26, 2010
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Red Hats: A Novel is an endearing novel with a special appeal for the 50 plus woman who has lived through many life experiences.

During my late 30s, after enduring some of my own devastating personal crisis-es, including the unexpected death of my husband to a massive heart attack, I remember reading a beautiful poem by Jenny Joseph which spoke to me of aging gracefully with resilience and spirit. I was delighted to open Red Hats: A Novel and find my two favorite lines from this poem:
"When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me."

After moving to Florida in my early 50s to be closer to my mother, I remember seeing groups of older ladies decked out in beautiful bright red hats and flashy purple outfits, flitting around and about our beach side tourist towns with striking enthusiasm and charm. Not knowing what these little clubs were all about, I wondered if perhaps it had something to do with Jenny Joseph's poem. It wasn't until I read Red Hats: A Novel, Damon Wayans' lovely tribute to his own mother and the marvelous worldwide sisterhood of Red Hats that I finally understood what the Red Hats represent.

Red Hats: A Novel is a short novel which can be read within a few hours but that is not to say it is short on significance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on May 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When Alma and Harold first married, a moment never went by without them expressing the love they felt for each other. Soft spoken, loving words or a gentle touch were constant gestures of affection in their household. They were happy and their children were happy until Alma catches Harold and her best friend in a compromising position. The joy and happiness Alma once carried in her heart for Harold has hardened with bitterness and revenge. Her trust in her family and friends has been extinguished.

Over the years, there were many moments when Alma wanted to demonstrate her love to Harold but she would always fall short of going through with it, and the harsh, vindictive words would spew out of her mouth. But when Harold dies and Alma is alone, she wished she'd never said those malicious and hurtful words to him. At her lowest moment, Alma doesn't have the desire to carry on, but a group of ladies in red hats extend encouragement and friendship to her, and a suspicious Alma reluctantly accepts.

When I read the synopsis of the RED HATS and saw the author is comedian Damon Wayans, the first thought that came to mind was this book was going to be strictly hilarious. Boy was I wrong!!! RED HATS did have some funny moments, but the seriousness of the story surpassed the comical situations.
Cleverly written with a host of conceivable characters and a plausible plot, RED HATS reveals the importance of forgiving, love, and friendship. I could easily see this novel becoming a movie.

Reviewed by Sharon Lewis
of The RAWSISTAZ(tm) Reviewers
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The groundbreaking sketch-comedy television show, In Living Color, created by older brother, Keenen Ivory Wayans, made Damon Wayans a star. He is New York-born, the third of ten children born to a grocery store manager and a social worker, and grew up in the Fulton Housing Projects in Manhattan. His television and film credits include Saturday Night Live, Beverly Hills Cop, Roxanne (with Steve Martin), I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, Earth Girls are Easy, Bamboozled and My Wife and Kids, a hit tv show which he executive produced. He is a divorced father of four.

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