Praise for The Hat

“A page-turner offering much more than mere thrills.... Babette Hughes has written a deeply felt and exquisitely detailed evocation of life's hard-earned lessons.”

—Michael Parker, author of If You Want Me To Stay and Don't Make Me Stop Now; Professor,
MFA Program in Creative Writing, UNC Greeensboro

“Riveting.... The book sizzles with sex.... Its harrowing conclusion left me breathless. Hughes is a gifted writer”.

—Violet Spevack, Cavalcade columnist,
Cleveland Jewish News

“A captivating love story with a twist.... Richly drawn characters in an era of gangsters and bootleggers”.

—Joseph Kertes, winner, 2009 National Jewish
Book Award for Fiction

“The novel’s Ben Gold passes as a universal Jewish underworld type during Prohibition and the Great Depression.”

—Albert Fried, Pulitzer nominee and author, The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Gangster in America

“A compelling read about the grit and glamour of Prohibition told with insight, tremendous warmth and wit.”

—Rev. Susan Hawkins Sager, Interfaith clergy, speaker, author

“A moving story of love and loss told with honesty and humor.

—Israela Margalit, award-winning playwright
and screenwriter

“Like a film noir of the thirties graced with excellent writing.”

—Zelda Austen, Professor Emerita,
Long Island University

“Hughes does an outstanding job of not only bringing the Cleveland mafia underworld alive to a surprise ending, but also in describing the role of women in crime families and what people will do for money.”

—David Goebel, Editor, The Cleveland Press