This is the story of a group of school friends now in middle age. They rally round a member when she fears her husband is cheating on her.
The characters are likable and real. The plot is well constructed. It slips from present to past with ease. Smith has serious themes, but her style is also quite funny. I laughed out loud a couple of times.
This book is really entertaining!
~A heartwarming story with a lovely touch of comedy to show you what the "Red Hat Ladies" are about. It will make you laugh and cry.
We didn't start out as Red Hats. We started out in the late '60s as mademoiselles, self-proclaimed creme de la creme of Atlanta's North Side High, Dike's High, Westminster and Lovett, full of ourselves and drunk with the power of our blooming sexuality and good looks," says Georgia Baker, the first-person narrator of Smith's (Queen Bee of the Mimosa Branch, etc.) cozy tribute to the South and womanhood in general. Still full of themselves but now older and wiser, Georgia, Teeny, Linda, Diane and SuSu meet once a month, wearing purple clothes and (what else?) red hats. When Diane discovers that her husband has a mistress, a condo and hidden funds, she seeks her friends' help to bring him down. Meanwhile, Georgia grapples with memories of her first love and the reality of her stale marriage, and Teeny reevaluates her conviction to stay with her abusive, womanizing husband. The women's trials are familiar, but Smith's incisive wit and awareness of her setting, coupled with Darlow's dynamic, Southern-accented delivery and skill at creating distinct character voices-from SuSu's husky, smoke-roughened voice to the righteous, prissy voice of Georgia's conscience-will make listeners feel like an honorary member of the club.
can't wait to read the next one. June
If you are a Red Hatter this a book for you. If you
aren't you will still enjoy this story about the
Red Hat ladies and their doings.
You have to love these ladies and how they support and love one another.