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The Woman in the Sun Hat

4.75  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Peggy Bubone is the envy of the Cold River, Long Island social scene: wife to a respected dermatologist, mother to two handsome children, and newly hired Literature teacher at a prestigious local high school,...before a knock on her classroom door turns her world upside down with the shocking news of her husband's arrest. With her and her children soon ostracized and homel ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 15th 2021 by fandango 4 Art House
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Kathy Macgowan
May 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Damiano sensitively and insightfully follows the struggles and triumphs of a woman and mother who loses everything only to wake up to her true self. The world of Peggy's journey is strewn with wit, truth, humor, and above all- love. A must read. Every reader will find moments that crystallize with their own search for meaning, validity and passion. 5 STARS! ENJOY!! ...more
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daniel Damiano has a knack. As evidenced by others of his works, such as the plays “John Frederick Parker leaves at Intermission” (re: Lincoln’s assassination) and The Dishonorable Discharge of Private Pitts” (c.f., Abu Ghraib prison, Iraq), he can find in an otherwise secondary character within some newsworthy event the singularity for the Big Bang of an entire separate cosmos of human drama.

So it is with his first novel, “The Woman in the Sun Hat”. In Damiano’s fictional alternate universe, th
Jack McCleland
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Life is wonderful for Peggy Bubone. She has everything: A successful husband, smart children, and the comfortable life money can ensure. But fate throws her a curve and she finds her life capsized. It's a fun read following Peggy's journey as she confronts old demons, new disappointments, and remakes herself. It is a multilayered narrative as Damiano cleverly intertwines literary themes of Sylvia Plath with his story of Peggy Bubone. A terrific read! ...more
Cinda Lawrence
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I honestly wish there were more than 5 stars to rate this book. It is simply magnificent. Mr. Damiano has created truly multi-dimensional characters and a story that is tremendously moving and compelling. There are so many profound insights in this book and the realistic nature of the characters and their relationships makes this truly one of the best novels I have read in years and years. I hope a lot of people read this wonderful novel. So much of what the main character experiences is incredi ...more
Judy Alvarez
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to read an advance copy of this beautiful work that captures, with invigorating nuance the character of Peggy Bubone, soon to become an iconic character. Her journey is the thrust of this rich, funny and tremendously moving character work, which is adorned with compelling characters, great dialogue and excellent storytelling. It's quite a memorable journey. ...more
Tobi Elkin
Sep 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Author Daniel Damiano's novel The Woman in the Sun Hat is a captivating tour de force that will thoroughly capture your imagination. The novel examines the cracks beneath the surface of a seemingly "great" marriage and family through a series of unexpected twists and turns that readers will not expect. The surprises make this novel a rollercoaster that could easily be turned into a screenplay.

Damiano explores his protagonist's rich inner life in such a way that readers may identify with her and
Judy Samson
May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Woman in the Sun Hat by Daniel Damiano
The best novel I’ve read in 2021 so far! Daniel’s words created a vivid picture of what it’s like to be on the verge of having it all, then realizing it could all be taken from you without any warning. The descriptive words and emotional roller coaster have you traveling right there with this family and the struggles they encounter, forcing them to do things they might not have considered, if not for the feelings of despair, shamefulness, pennilessness a
Cynthia Shaw
Aug 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this hero's journey, or heroine's journey novel, Daniel weaves a tale of a woman who has everything until she doesn't. I read in wonder as the main character navigates a new world that she is not prepared for. She worked hard to live in this wonderful, successful world which becomes a shallow place when the truth is revealed. She has lived in a dream and the bubble is suddenly burst and she must confront harsh realities. Daniel has created full, rich characters who are so real and could be a ...more
Jacquie Gordon
May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The woman in the sun hat by Daniel Damiano
I was sent a free copy of this book by the author through 'voracious readers readers only' and this is my honest review. I am always drawn to a book by its title, "The woman in the sunhat" seemed to call out to me and after reading the synopsis I felt justified in reading this and I was not disappointed at all. I found it hard to tear myself away from the pages, taking the book to bed and reading into the early hours. This is a great first book for the
Debe Miller
Jan 20, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read that leads one through our heroines rise and fall from her dreary beginnings, to her fight for her college education, to her marriage and ultimate fall from grace because of her husband. While she is struggling to keep herself and her children afloat, she makes some very hard choices that no one else understands, learns some hard truths, and ultimately faces all her old nightmares to rise once again. She finds a dream picture to keep in front of her as she works hard and at ...more
C.J. Wills
Apr 24, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent read touching on many of life's rough realities. We are initially introduced to the main character, Peggy; as she moves back to where she grew up with her family. A good job, a husband with a better job, and beautiful children. It seems all is well, yet there is a looming darkness from the beginning that comes through a conversation over a local woman who ended her life.

As the main characters life seems as it couldn't get any better everything changes in the blink of an eye. The au
Natalie Monarrez
Kudos to Daniel Damiano for writing a wonderful novel. Peggy Bubone seems to have it all, until she doesn't. After getting pelted with life's curveballs, she is forced to hold her family and herself together, under extreme circumstances. This is a beautifully written story that will have you rooting for her, while she navigates the storm, confronts her toxic past, and discovers that she is much stronger than she ever gave herself credit for. Fantastic! ...more
Valerie Terranova
A great debut novel from Daniel Damiano, who has a way of keeping us at the edge of our seat to find out what Peggy will do next to find her bearings as her life and identity as she knows it unravels. Damiano has a real gift for characterization and prose--bringing a delightful sense of dark humor to moments of great gravity, which made them for even more nuanced and real. Looking forward to whatever he has coming up next.
Edward Thompson
Sep 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Characters and Plot make a Novel for All Seasons

This was a swift and engrossing read. Though this is Damian it's first novel he writes like a seasoned pro with strong idiosyncratic yet recognizable characters, swift plotting and contemporary themes. A great book for beach reading, it is equally fine as those autumn winds begin to blow or as we curl up in front of a fireplace on those snowy nights.
Mark Galenti
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What an awesome book! Rarely have I read such a nuanced journey of a complex heroine in modern literature. Just when you expect the book is going in a certain direction, it surprises you - but in a very believable way. Peggy Bubone has such a great character arc, but all the characters (even the dog) are remarkably fleshed out. This is not just a good read - this will stay with you.
Helen Erwin
May 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From one moment to the next, everything changes and Peggy has to survive on her own while staying strong for her children.
The Woman in the Sun Hat gives you real insight in what happens to the family of a perpetrator and how a crime can set off a chain of events that has lasting impact on everyone.
Aug 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daniel Damiano’s debut novel, The Woman in the Sun Hat, unrelentingly captures the world-turned-upside-down anxiety of its protagonist. It puts the reader in the backseat of her harrowing journey and, with humor and exquisite detail, transports the reader into Peggy’s world completely. What a ride!
A complex plot examines the effect of a doctor's financial crimes on his wife and children and leave them suddenly abandoned and without financial support. As time passes, the changes reveal much of the past and give opportunity to make positive changes and growth, not without emotional pain. Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaways for the opportunity to read. ...more
Susan Rosales
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a great read! Such wonderful development of the story and characters. If you want something to make you appreciate your life while enjoying the wonderful artistic abilities, this is a must read. Can’t wait for Mr. Damiano’s next book, play or movie. I highly recommend this book.
Tiffany Ann
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Full of unexpected moments, I never knew what to expect from one page to the next. A beautifully written journey into a new beginning.
Kristie K
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A rich, textured, beautiful book written by an author who should be on his way to becoming a household name. Bravo. Big fan.
Jun 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel has a great balance between the telling of tragic events and the resilience and humor of the human spirit. The path each one of us take as individuals matters more in how we respond to circumstances than in what happens to us. I recommend this book for those wanting a good story, a good laugh and a good beach read.
Lee Anderson
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is what literary fiction is all about. The story of Peggy is profound and relatable to anyone who has ever had their stable world turned upside-down, then struggle against all hope to reassemble it. Nothing goes according to plan for her, of course. Brutal, humorous, surprising, but never melodramatic, I have rarely read an author depict such a dire situation as poignantly as this. I finished "The Woman in the Sun Hat" a few weeks ago and I still miss its characters. Damiano is a write ...more
Cally Lewis
Sep 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy read I devoured this in two sittings, it kept me hooked throughout. Never take anything for granted, it can disappear in the blink of an eye leaving you stripped bare and wondering just what is truth and what you didn’t see along the way.
Stuart Ginsberg
May 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book and reading about the incredible and harrowing journey of the protagonist Peggy Bubone. The author, Daniel Damiano, has written a page turner with vivid descriptions of the settings, detailing how the main character pieces her life back together after hearing news that disrupts her life. If you're interested in reading about vivid characters with a compelling story, pick up this book. ...more
Dawn Froese
May 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Angela Randall
May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book
Kate Merson
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
well constructed and engaging novel. Received as a complimentary review novel sent by the author via Voracious Readers Only in return for an honest review.
Pam Watmore
Peggy was a literature teacher at Cold River High Schooling's Long Island and is married to Mike a Dermatologist, they have two children Luna, 11 and Nicky 13. Out of the blue Mike is arrested for Insurance Fraud and convicted and sentenced to Jail. Their friends all believe that Peggy must have known about it, she and the children lose their home and their respectability and become outcast. Mike's Lawyer offers them the cottage in the garden but makes a pass at Peggy so she leaves and then stay ...more
Cynthia Garrett
Aug 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Daniel Damiano is an Award-winning Playwright, Screenwriter, Poet, Novelist and Actor based in Brooklyn, NY. His plays have been performed throughout many areas of the U.S., as well as London, England and Sydney & Melbourne, Australia. His acclaimed play DAY OF THE DOG premiered with St. Louis Actors' Studio in 2013 and subsequently transferred to 59E59 in NYC in 2014. It was a 2013 St. Louis Crit ...more

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