Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society
By Amy Hill Hearth
(Atria Books, $15)
Naples, Fla., wasn’t always a carefree resort town. In 1962, it was still segregated, unmarried women were seen as spinsters and a divorcée was a social pariah. In this fun debut novel by nonfiction writer Amy Hill Hearth, the city’s outcasts, led by Boston transplant and secret radio host Jackie Hart, form a book club where they not only discuss that month’s selection but open up to each other in ways they ordinarily can’t within the tight constraints of mid-century Southern society. Along the way, they forge friendships, realize their worth and help change perceptions.