The Red Hat Club by Haywood Smith

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Meet Georgia, SuSu, Teeny, Diane, and Linda--five women who've been best friends through thirty years since high school. Sit in when they don their red hats and purple outfits to join Atlanta's Ladies Who Lunch for a delicious monthly serving of racy jokes, iced tea and chicken salad, baskets of sweet rolls, the latest Buckhead gossip, and most of all--lively support and caring through the ups and downs of their lives. When Diane discovers her banker husband has a condo (with mistress) that he bought with their retirement funds, the Red Hats swing into action and hang him with his own rope in a story that serves up laughter, friendship, revenge, high school memories, long-lost loves, a suburban dominatrix, and plenty of white wine and junk food. From the 1960s to the present, The Red Hat Club is a funny, unforgettable novel that shows the power women can find when they accept and support each other.
 

About Haywood Smith

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Haywood Smith is the author of Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch. She lives in Buford, Georgia.
 
Published January 1, 2004 by St. Martin's Press. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Romance. Fiction

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When the gang heads to Sin City to kidnap wayward and substance-abusing sister Pru and steal her away to a Rocky Mountain rehab, the trip culminates in a laugh-out-loud episode as morally fixated narrator Georgia, unprepared for the sound of sirens when she hits the jackpot, flees her winning slo...

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Rowdy southern feminist fantasy for women of a certain age.

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Smith's hardcover debut, Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch, was a charmer, but her newest offering falls flat. Five middle-aged women in Atlanta, former sorority sis

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With flashbacks to their younger days and the ladies' not-so-strict adherence to 12 Sacred Traditions ("No Lies," "No 'I Told You So's,' " etc.), the book's fun lies not in guessing how things turn out but in Smith's warm, chatty style and images of "mommy-faced" women prancing about on an ocean...

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Audio reviews reflect PW's assessment of the audio adaptation of a book and should be quoted only in reference to the audio version.FictionTHE RED HAT CLUBHaywood Smith, read by Cynthia Darlow.

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The flashbacks to the women's sorority days are more successful—one chapter in which two of the girls, terrified of making a friend miss curfew, drive her stuck-in-reverse car five miles home backwards is a chuckler—but nothing makes this disappointing effort stand out from the ranks of Rebecca W...

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THE RED HAT CLUB is a tale of long-standing female friendships, Southern style.

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Whenever they get the chance, they don their red .

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Just how Georgia's deepest wishes are fulfilled along with the revenge on Harold, Diane's husband, makes for an amusing, if slight, story.

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