“We are delighted that Damon saw the power of the Red Hat Society sisterhood, one that touches his mother and hundreds of thousands of others around the world. Our hope is that women of all ages will embrace the power of the Red Hat Society and enjoy reading the book.” — Sue Ellen Cooper, Founder of Red Hat Society
*Renowned for his Hollywood films, his run on the ground-breaking sketch comedy show, In Living Color, and later on as the executive producer and star of ABCs hit My Wife and Kids, Damon Wayans is a world-class comedian, actor, and storyteller with a powerful voice.
In his debut novel, RED HATS, (May 2010; Atria Books; $19.99), Damon combines his incredible gift for dialogue with a strong and compelling storyline about a woman’s perspective on life and love.
Using a real-life society of women of a certain age who are determined to live life to the fullest as a springboard, Damon launches his career as a novelist with as much passion and enthusiasm as he puts into his comedy.
RED HATS proves that Damon Wayans is much more than a comic voice of the ages. He is a strong writer whose powerful narrative is as provocative as it is entertaining.
RED HATS is an emotional, poignant, inspirational story about a woman, recently widowed and estranged from her adult children, living in contemporary New York City who rediscovers the goodness in life, in love, and in herself when a special group of women extend hands of friendship.
Once a woman who loved nothing more than going out dancing with her husband, 64-year-old Alma now spends most of her day looking out of her apartment window-her favorite pastime. It seems as if everyone leads an exciting life but her. Married for nearly 30 years, she hates where she and Harold’s relationship has ended up. All she does is harrass him and all he does is ignore her. It doesn’t help that her three grown children don’t visit much, although she knows that part of the reason is because she prides herself on her honesty, and doesn’t hold back when telling it like it is. She’s lonely, and she wishes she had the life she once dreamed of.
When Harold suddenly dies of a heart attack, a vast hole rips through Alma, one she doesn’t think she can fill. She’s guilt-ridden from the way she’s treated her husband, and thinks maybe she’d be better off joining him. So, she puts on the fabulous red dress she had bought for her upcoming 65th birthday, drinks two glasses of wine, and turns on the gas in her oven-determined to go out in, albeit lonely-style. But an eclectic, gaily dressed group of women passing in the street notice Alma faint in her window and drag her to safety.
Thus begins Alma’s induction into The Red Hats, a group of women headed by Delilah “Dee” Sampson, who make it their mission to help other women in need. Suspicious at first of their kindness, Alma has trouble letting them in. Her daughter tries to tell her that life is short and the journey would be easier if she could just open up and let people in. But how can you open up when you can’t trust anyone?
When a fire destroys Alma’s apartment, it’s Dee, however, who rescues her from the shelter she’s been forced to go to. Slowly, Alma is drawn into The Red Hats’ healing circle and her new group of friends see her for whom she really is-a woman who is caring and giving on the inside. And when she confronts the real reason she and Harold became estranged, Alma begins her journey toward rediscovering love and her ability to both give and receive it.
Gilda Squire Media Relations