This was a quick, delightful read. When northerner Jackie Hart blows into a small southern town circa 1962, the literary society she creates draws together a group of people who are, like Jackie, misfits. Amy Hill Heart's novel depicts not just the prejudice and bigotry that each of the members faces, but also how meeting people from different walks of life expands each character's world.
Despite serious subject matter such as racism, sexism, and the north/south cultural divide, in the end Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Society is more of a celebration of diversity than it is a treatise on civil rights such as works like Native Son. The characters are genuinely interesting and likeable. It was fun reading about the literary society coming together and the strong friendships that formed as a result.