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Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society
by Amy Hill Hearth


Overview - 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.  Read more...


 
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More About Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society by Amy Hill Hearth
 
 
 
Overview
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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781451675238
  • ISBN-10: 1451675232
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publish Date: October 2012
  • Page Count: 259
  • Dimensions: 8.22 x 5.42 x 0.69 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.52 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Literary
Books > Fiction > Contemporary Women

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-08-27
  • Reviewer: Staff

In 1962, Jackie Hart and her family move from Boston to Naples, Fla. There, Jackie is eager to do more than merely keep house, so she starts a book club with some locals, including a divorcée, a convicted murderer, a gay man, and a black woman. The oddball group stands out amid the conventional townsfolk, who quickly cast a suspicious eye on troublemaking Jackie and co. But then a mysterious personality by the name of Miss Dreamsville hits the radio waves, and capture’s the people’s hearts. This new doyenne of the airwaves is, of course, Jackie, but she keeps her identity secret. Everything moves along swimmingly until local Klansmen decide to take action against the diverse and tolerant literary club. Despite dealing with some heavy subjects—race, sexuality, and the fickleness of appearances, among them—Hearth, known for her nonfiction (Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters’ First 100 Years), deftly manages a funny and charming fiction debut. Agent: Mel Berger, William Morris Endeavor. (Oct.)

 
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