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Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society - Amy Hill Hearth
Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society
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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... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781451675238 (1451675232)
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
4.0 Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society
I started to write this one last night and had to stop because I just wasn't sure what to say. I genuinely enjoyed this book; it was lovely, and funny and extraordinarily accurate for its place and time. But would others enjoy it as much as I did? I don't know. I know a huge part of why I enjoy...
debbiekrenzer
debbiekrenzer rated it
I really thought this was going to be a little bit more humorous that what it actually was. While it did have some humor towards the middle of the book, I still enjoyed this book very much. There were a lot of secrets going on, a LOT of quirky characters, revenge on an ex (loved it!!), book club mee...
AEriko's Book Blog
AEriko's Book Blog rated it
4.0 Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society
This was a quick, delightful read. When northerner Jackie Hart blows into a small southern town circa 1962, the literary society she creates draws together a group of people who are, like Jackie, misfits. Amy Hill Heart's novel depicts not just the prejudice and bigotry that each of the members face...
Sheila's Reads
Sheila's Reads rated it
5.0 MISS DREAMSVILLE AND THE COLLIER COUNTY WOMEN'S LITEARY SOCIETY by Amy Hill Hearth
I enjoyed this book. It was fun. I laughed. I cringed. Jackie and her family move to Naples, Florida from Boston. She is a fish out of water. She also creates the Collier County Women's Literary Society. The members are the outcasts of the community but they create friendships that are lasting and s...
Ruined by Reading
Ruined by Reading rated it
3.0 Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society
A fun, light journey through being different in the south, this book takes a breezy look at life, literature, civil rights issues, feminism, and class struggles in the 50s. This book may serve as a jumping off point for some, and could be very appropriate for a not-so-serious book club. The characte...
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