Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society

Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society

A Novel

Book - 2012
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A brilliant debut novel from a New York Times bestselling author about a transplanted wife from Boston who arrives in Florida in the 1960s, starts a literary salon, and shakes up the status quo.

Eighty-year-old Dora, the narrator of a story that began a half century earlier, is bonding with an unlikely set of friends, including Jackie Hart, a restless middle-aged wife and mother from Boston, who gets into all sorts of trouble when her family moves to a small, sleepy town in Collier County, Florida, circa 1962.

With humor and insight the novel chronicles the awkward North-South cultural divide as Jackie, this hapless but charming "Yankee," looks for some excitement in her life by accepting an opportunity to host a local radio show where she creates a mysterious, late-night persona, "Miss Dreamsville," and by launching a reading group--the Collier County Women's Literary Society--thus sending the conservative and racially segregated town into uproar. The only townspeople who venture to join are regarded as outsiders at best--a young gay man, a divorced woman, a poet, and a young black woman who dreams of going to college.

This brilliant fiction debut by Amy Hill Hearth, a New York Times bestselling author, brings to life unforgettable characters who found the one thing that eluded them as individuals:a place in the world. Inspired by a real person, Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society will touch the heart of anyone and everyone who has ever felt like an outsider longing to fit in.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st Atria paperback ed.
ISBN: 9781451675238
Characteristics: 259 p. ; 21 cm.

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EXLIBRES
Jun 03, 2015

I belong to a book and like this book never a dull moment. Amy Hill Hearth is a great author and I can't wait for her new book coming out in Sept. 2015

Wolfespearl Jun 28, 2013

My pick for best summer read. For those who liked The Help, this is a great choice. This is Florida in the 1960's. Take one transplanted Northerner, mix in a group of quirky misfits and call yourself a Literary Society. Everyone has a story, everyone has a secret and together they have some rather lively adventures. A fun read. Be sure to check this one out this summer!

mrsgail5756 Jun 18, 2013

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

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bridge1
Dec 31, 2012

Each character is searching for a purpose or dream to carry them through. There are many roadblocks and detours as they discover what they really want. The book is very satisfying. I really enjoyed it.

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fattah200
Dec 23, 2012

This was a charming characyter study as well as an insight into small town racial issues of the 60s. I couldn't put it down.

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