Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society

(2012)
Miss Dreamsville

Jackie Hart, transplanted to small town Florida from Boston, decides she needs to be more than just a wife and mother to three children.  She creates a radio persona who has a late-night show, and soon the whole town is talking about the mysterious Miss Dreamsville.

She also decides to start a literary society and invites all women in the town to join.  At the first meeting an unusual combination of people nervously introduce themselves—the librarian, a divorced woman who works at the post office, a young black maid, a poet, an old woman who is a convicted murderer, and a young man who is questioning his place in life.   As they discuss books, then their lives, they began to see beyond the face each presents to the world and to overcome the differences between North and South.  Naples, Florida, has left its small town roots, and will never be the same.

Delightfully quirky and peopled with unforgettable characters, this first novel is inspired by a real person—the author’s mother-in-law.  There are laugh-out-loud scenes—one of which made me long for this to be made into a movie.  The author is a former journalist and author or coauthor of seven nonfiction books.

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