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Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society: A Novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Good Read! Novel With a Feminine Perspective

    "Miss Dreamsville and The Collier County Women's Literary Society" is a woman's book! Further, it would be most likely to appeal to a liberal thinking activist type (like myself)! I had already read and enjoyed the biographical books Amy Hill Hearth co-authored some years back about the Delaney sisters, so this, her first novel, was not a surprise, but it was a delight!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    I love this book!

    The characters are beautifully drawn, the story unfolded at a wonderful pace with just enough sispense to keep me hooked.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Really enjoyed this -- a good story.

    Really enjoyed this -- a good story.

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  • Posted February 13, 2013

    Miss Dreamsville and The Collier County Woman's Literary Society

    Miss Dreamsville and The Collier County Woman's Literary Society is essentially a fun, but meaningful book about acceptance of yourself and others.  Set in 1960's Florida, Jackie and her family have moved to Florida from Boston, because of her husband's new job with the town's most influential man.  Not fulfilled as 'just a housewife', she decides to start a literary society. 




    The literary society meets at the library.  Jackie has invited a group of varied 'misfits' to participate in the group.  The story is narrated by the 'turtle lady' , a divorced woman who saves turtles from road traffic, and is the postmistress. Others in the group are the lady librarian, a local negro girl who dreams of college, a 'young old maid' poet, an old women just released from jail for killing her husband, and the local gay man---son of a retired prostitute who illegally poaches alligators. 




    The group bonds quickly, reading a number of relevant books for them.  Each member also has their secrets.  One of them has started a secret job as 'Miss Dreansville' , who introduces songs for the night time radio show.  Her dreamy voice has everyone in town guessing who she could be.  Interspersed with this is racial tension, the KKK, the perceived role of women, and the 'Yankee vs' Southern' society norms in 1960's Florida.




    This book is a very quick and fun read that deals with very serious issues in very meaningful ways.  Written by the bestselling, non-fiction author of 'The Delany Sisters Have Their Say' and other non-fiction works, this is Amy Hill Hearth's first foray into fiction.  In my opinion, she has a great future waiting for her in fiction too! 

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