Cold Sassy Tree

Cold Sassy Tree

eBook - 1984
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Modern times come to a conservative Southern town in 1906 when the proprietor of the general store elopes with a woman half his age, and worse yet, a Yankee. The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around - fast. When Grandpa E. Rucker Blakeslee announces one July morning in 1906 that he's aiming to marry the young and freckledy milliner, Miss Love Simpson - a bare three weeks after Granny Blakeslee has gone to her reward - the news is served up all over town with that afternoon's dinner. And young Will Tweedy suddenly finds himself eyewitness to a major scandal. Boggled by the sheer audacity of it all, and not a little jealous of his grandpa's new wife, Will nevertheless approves of this May-December match and follows its progress with just a smidgen of youthful prurience. As the newlyweds' chaperone, conspirator, and confidant, Will is privy to his one-armed, renegade grandfather's second adolescence; meanwhile, he does some growing up of his own. He gets run over by a train and lives to tell about it; he kisses his first girl, and survives that too. Olive Ann Burns has given us a timeless, funny, resplendent novel - about a romance that rocks an entire town, about a boy's passage through the momentous but elusive year when childhood melts into adolescence, and about just how people lived and died in a small Southern town at the turn of the century. Inhabited by characters who are wise and loony, unimpeachably pious and deliciously irreverent, Cold Sassy, Georgia, is the perfect setting for the debut of a storyteller of rare brio, exuberance, and style.
Publisher: New York : Dell Pub., c1984
Characteristics: 391 p. ; 21 cm

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ellenmargaret1953
Feb 13, 2019

Olive Ann Burns at age 60 became a best selling author writing about life in Cold Sassy, Georgia and Will Tweedy. This is in the tenor of Where the Red Fern Grows -- full of the hopes, love, trials and tenderness of a young boy growing up in rural Georgia. You will laugh at his antics and cry with him at the loss of a dear friend and family members. A treasure.

EBWelch Feb 28, 2017

I love this book and come back to it when I need a good laugh or have a bittersweet longing for the days when my grandparents came of age. I love Grandma Blakeslee's funeral scene so much that when my grandfather passed, we trimmed every rose off his huge rose bush and placed them on his grave. Cold Sassy Tree is full of beautiful passages, descriptions, touching moments, and hilarious situations. It's one of my faves.

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gingerreads
Mar 10, 2016

Well-written story - made me laugh and cry

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Audrey1976
Jul 28, 2015

It isn't often that I have the joy of discovering a "classic" that turns into a favorite novel. This book was a sheer delight. I laughed, I cried and couldn't wait to hear the next story that Will Tweedy had to tell about his family and the small town folks. If we could all have a Grandpa Blakeslee in our life, we would surely be the better for it. Loved this book.

ChicagoScooter Aug 31, 2013

One of my all-time favorite books. Will Tweedy's tale is beautifully told! Make sure that you read Leaving Cold Sassy to hear further tales, but more importantly, for the reminiscence by Ms. Burs publisher.

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KellyReader
Aug 15, 2012

Love the story, love the writing.

prkmbc Sep 10, 2011

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santiano9
Aug 07, 2011

Recommended in connection with a listing of best Southern Books of all time.

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