Sep 15, 12
Read from September 10 to 15, 2012
Miss Williams And The Collier County Literary Society
Amy Hill Hearth
My "in a nutshell summary"...
Naples, Florida as it was in the 60's...when life was restricted and regimented.
My thoughts after reading this book...
OMG...quirky Southern characters, hysterical situations and the rules of the 60's make this an unforgettable novel.
It's based around the residents of a book club that can't really even be called a book club. It is called a salon. The members are the town librarian, a transplanted Easterner, a divorced turtle saving postal worker, a recently released from prison resident, a black maid, and an in the closet gay man whose mother hunts alligators...oh and another old Naples resident who writes romance novels under an assumed name!
It's also set in a sort of civil rights or lack of civil rights era...the Klan is burning churches, black men and women are still attending separate schools and still sitting in the back of the bus.
One of the "salon" members...Jackie...is a rebel. She is at the heart of many situations...and there are a lot of them. She runs down Klansmen, defies the traditions that are steeped in being a Southern woman, drives her long suffering husband totally crazy and becomes a secret radio personality that drives everyone to distraction.
There are tons of situations similar to this that Jackie seems to be the CEO of...lol.
What I loved about this book...
The characters, of course. You never knew what they were going to say! Dora...the turtle savior...and the narrator of the story...loved her...loved the unfolding of everyone's true life stories.
What I did not like...
It's easy to forget about the narrow-mindedness of the South in the 60's and the way some people were treated...i.e...women and blacks!
I found this to be a lovely book...sweet, thought provoking, funny. It will be a great book club book. It will provide lots of opportunities for fascinating discussions.