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 groupthe Collier County Womens Literary Societythus sending the conservative and racially segregated town into uproar. The only townspeople who venture to join are regarded as outsiders at besta 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 Womens Literary Society
will touch the heart of anyone and everyone who has ever felt like an outsider longing to fit in.