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

Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society is the first of two historical novels about a Northern woman who moves with her family to a sleepy Southern backwater in Florida in the early 1960s. 


The novel, a paperback original, was the October 2012 book club pick for Simon & Schuster; a Reader's Digest Select Edition; and the January 2013 main selection of the Pulpwood Queens, an international online book club with more than 700 chapters. The book was translated into Portuguese and published in Brazil. It has also been published in Finland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.  


"You may already know Hearth's name - the former journalist wrote the nonfiction book Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years which was a bestseller and play. Miss Dreamsville is Hearth's first novel, and her fictional storytelling is just as captivating." - Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan, The Durham (N.C.) Sun



"The writing is brilliant, especially the dialogue through which the characters are defined." - Philip K. Jason, Southern Literary Review


"Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society was a surprise. Segregation, feminism, gays coming out, inter-racial dating, it's all in there, written as it happened in small towns everywhere." - Patricia Harman, author of the novel, The Midwife of Hope River