Amy Hill Hearth

New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today Bestselling Author

'Dreamsville' Sequel to be Published in 2015 by Atria/Simon & Schuster

I am delighted to share this magnificent cover design for my new novel, Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County, to be published September 8, 2015 by Simon & Schuster's Atria Books imprint in New York. This book is a sequel to my first novel. The sequel will be set in Florida one year later (1964-65) with many of the same characters.

Here is the publisher's description:

"In this sequel to Amy Hill Hearthís 'funny and charming' (Publishers Weekly) debut novel, Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Womenís Literary Society, the eponymous book club reunites one year later, in the late summer of 1964.

"Their mission: to fight a large development along the tidal river where member Robbie-Lee grew up and where his mother, Dolores Simpson, a former stripper turned alligator hunter, still lives in a fishing shack.

"The developer is Darryl Norwood, ex-husband of narrator Dora Witherspoon, who returns to Collier County to assist in the battle. An old land deed, the discovery that one of the key characters has been using a false name, and a dramatic court hearing are just a few of the highlights. Not to mention the reappearance of the Ghost of Seminole Joe.

"Just as Hearthís debut explored the ways we can find a sense of belonging in other people, her latest novel shows how closely tied each of us is to our sense of homeóand the conflicts that can arise when our idea of that home becomes threatened. For Darryl, the river is a place ripe for development. For Dora, whoís known as the Turtle Lady because she rescues Everglades 'snappers,' itís a place that belongs to the critters. And for Dolores, former stripper, itís a place to hide from the world."

The novel will be available wherever books are sold. It will be available as an e-book, too. To receive your copy immediately upon publication, you can Pre-Order using the link on this page. Pre-Ordering often locks in a lower price.

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From newspaper reporting (including 88 bylined stories for The New York Times) to nonfiction books (including the 1993 nonfiction bestseller-turned-Broadway play, Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years) to a critically-acclaimed historical novel (Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society), my writing career has taken me on very diverse and unexpected journeys of discovery, sometimes overseas but at other times right in my own backyard.

All of my work has one thing in common: I prefer to focus on people whose stories have been marginalized or overlooked. As several critics have said over the years, my career has been devoted to giving voice to the voiceless.

Four things you didn't know about me:

1. I hosted a tea party for Hillary Clinton at the Delany Sisters' home in Mt. Vernon, New York.

2. I tripped over Steven Spielberg while being seated next to him at an awards ceremony in New York, almost landing in his lap.

3. I was once mistaken for a famous actress by an extremely famous singer while sitting in an inner waiting room of the William Morris Agency.

4. Toni Morrison and Gloria Steinem told me separately at the same event that they admired my work.