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Red Hats

Red Hats

A Novel

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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  • Atria Books | 
  • 224 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439164785 | 
  • May 2010
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About the Author

Damon Wayans
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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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