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Cold Sassy Tree The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around fastOn July scandal breaks in the small town of Cold Sassy, Georgia, when the proprietor of the general store, E Rucker Blakeslee, elopes with Miss Love Simpson He is barely three weeks a widower, and she is only half his age and a Yankee to boot As their marriage inspires a whirlwind of local gossip, fourteen year old Will Tweedy suddenly finds himself eyewitness to a family scandal, and that s where his adventures begin Cold Sassy Tree is the undeniably entertaining and extraordinarily moving account of small town Southern life in a bygone era Brimming with characters who are wise and loony, unimpeachably pious and deliciously irreverent, Olive Ann Burns s classic bestseller is a timeless, funny, and resplendent treasure


About the Author: Olive Ann Burns

FROM GEORGIA ENCYCLOPEDIA WEBSITE Olive Ann Burns was a professional writer, journalist, and columnist for most of her life She published two novels, one posthumously, and for many years was a staff writer for Atlanta newspapers and the Atlanta Journal Magazine Her most notable achievement was Cold Sassy Tree , a novel that describes rural southern life and a young boy s coming of age at the turn of the century.



10 thoughts on “Cold Sassy Tree

  1. Ebookwormy1 Ebookwormy1 says:

    For years, I had heard the best American novel set in the South was Gone with Wind or To Kill A Mockingbird, orrecently, The Help and certainly these books have their contribution to literature you can read my reviews if you d like , but BY FAR, my favorite book ever set in the Southern United States is this one and only gem by the lovely Olive Ann Burns A joy to read, and re read, and share with all your friends, I give you my review of a story that is a treasured friend_______ For years, I had heard the best American novel set in the South was Gone with Wind or To Kill A Mockingbird, orrecently, The Help and certainly these books have their contribution to literature you can read my reviews if you d like , but BY FAR, my favorite book ever set in the Southern United States is this one and only gem by the lovely Olive Ann Burns A joy to read, and re read, and share with all your friends, I give you my review of a story that is a treasured friend_______________________After reading the book jacket, I approached this recommendation with a hrmph , as my mind jumped ahead to hurl the first sentence of my review life was pretty good in the south after the Civil War as long as you weren t black or poor Quite frankly, I had been wrestling with the injustice of racism and was in no mood either appreciate the segregated culture of the south in which it persisted, or to see it romanticized But then I started reading, and I was captivated The humor of the story and the joy of life of the characters gave the book a clean feel of a simpler time as it unwound from the pages to ensnare my heart with a great, grand, ole yarn Yet at the same time, running like a deep aquifer alongside a jolly racing blue thread of a river, themes about death young, old, suicide are all covered , grieving, God, love gained and lost, abuse, depression and forgiveness are watering the story with a life that is penetrating to the soul You might not notice it though, for all the fun in the visible flow of stories.It is a sad reality that colored folk are an unalterable part of the setting and they are true to life pictured as a community apart that get the lower jobs However, they are respected by the main characters for the contribution they make to their lives and their families The theme of racism is not explored References to the lost Civil War and glory of the confederacy are mentioned merely as the way of life at the time, not as ideas to be pondered, developed, or embraced White trash is also touched upon as a class, and in many ways, treated worse than the colored folk The end of the book for me was a revelation of the deep ideas highlighting a tapestry of narrative and dialogue, and it stuck with me I will remember the character of Grandpa, E Rucker Blackslee for a long time he challenged me during a difficult period of my life, and I think I m better for it.A note on recommendations I highly recommend this book The main characters include both male and female, I think both men women would enjoy this read However, because of a reference to abuse, which is tactfully dealt with, I would reserve the book for high school and above.Gone with the Wind, Mitchell, 1936https www.goodreads.com review showTo Kill a Mockingbird, Lee, 1960https www.goodreads.com review showThe Help, Stockett, 2009https www.goodreads.com review showFor a completely different subject by an author that reminds me of Olive Ann Burns diligent writing style poured into a few exceptional titles, seeCity of Tranquil Light, Caldwell, 2010


  2. ✨ Gramy ✨ ✨ Gramy ✨ says:

    .I originally read this U.S Historical fiction book about 20 years ago My daughter had to read it for a school assignment, so we read it at the same time We shared many a laugh over the shenanigans referred into this glimpse in a small southern town, Cold Sassy, Georgia and set in 1906 This timeless treasure explores themes such as religion, death, and social taboos, and certainly has the ability to entertain with hilarious wit and humorGrandpa teased her about it You look like you done.I originally read this U.S Historical fiction book about 20 years ago My daughter had to read it for a school assignment, so we read it at the same time We shared many a laugh over the shenanigans referred into this glimpse in a small southern town, Cold Sassy, Georgia and set in 1906 This timeless treasure explores themes such as religion, death, and social taboos, and certainly has the ability to entertain with hilarious wit and humorGrandpa teased her about it You look like you done swallored a goose aigg, Miss Mattie Lou, and it got stuck in yore goozle This story is told in the POV of a 14 year old boy by the name of Will Tweedy The reader is provided with intricate details, through his perception, about the events that encompassed this young s mans early life Will reveals his brilliant imagination by making up stories and pulling pranks He experienced many firsts, most notably driving the first two automobiles in the town His dream was to become a successful farmer, which he was determined he could do with education at the A.G College His patriarch grandfather, Rucker E Blakeslee, is a most influential man in the small town and had a monumental influence in young Will Tweedy s life Grandpa owns the general store and lives by his own rules After his wife passes away, he creates quite a ruckus with his impetuous decisions He favors Will Tweedy over others in the family and demands a lot from him in return Will Tweedy certainly admired him, at least most of the time The setting was described vividly, the characters were well developed,and the plot was captivating This book was originally published in November 1984 I own the paperback book and have it on my Kindle If you enjoy a good storyteller about southern fiction, this is well worth the time and effort to read If you are looking for some chuckles and reminiscing of days gone by, you will also enjoy this immensely I recommend it to one and all


  3. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    Do you enjoy a sweet story Are you a religious person with deep faith Do you enjoy books set in the South at the turn of the century Then this book is probably a good choice for you My own response to the two first questions is not affirmative, and that is why I cannot give itthan two stars No, it is not a bad book It is fine, it s OK if a bit boring Although it gives a pretty good depiction of small town life in Georgia, it says nothing about racial inequities which of course sti Do you enjoy a sweet story Are you a religious person with deep faith Do you enjoy books set in the South at the turn of the century Then this book is probably a good choice for you My own response to the two first questions is not affirmative, and that is why I cannot give itthan two stars No, it is not a bad book It is fine, it s OK if a bit boring Although it gives a pretty good depiction of small town life in Georgia, it says nothing about racial inequities which of course still remained after the Civil War The whites certainly don t see their black servants as their equals but they are not cruel White Trash on the other hand are looked down upon, and many of the new inventions of that era are interwoven into the plot cars, telephones, house plumbing and electricity But it is all so cute This is not only a coming of age story, but also a story of how it is to grow old How do you deal with that Will is the central character He tells the story about his grandfather and what he did when his grandmother died Yup, he got married again, three weeks after her death Now this is darn right scandalous What will people think But the question is why, and you learn the real answer to that throughout the rest of the book Is Will the main character Or is it his grandfather Are the grandfather s actions and the way he chose to live his life and his behavior towards all those around him that is the central focus of this book I know what I think I also know that it drove me crazy that everyone was most concerned with what other folks would say.But you know what is right and what is wrong, and we all do when it comes down to the basics, so the book s message is rather simple Maybe you like uncomplicated feel good stories There are hypocrites galore in this book Don t say I didn t warn you, but I will add that there is at least one that isn t a hypocrite.There must be some suspense in a book, right Well, a few bombs are thrown in, but are they adequately explored Or are they just thrown in for the effect view spoiler Miss Love s rape and Uncle Campbell s suicide hide spoiler OK, I have something really good to say about the book Well, at least the audiobook narrated by Tom Parker The narration is excellent You know immediately who is talking simply by the tone Will never sounds like his grandfather The women are prefect too And Loomis, the black servant, he speaks just as he should It is not hard at all to understand the Southern dialect.Just onething I have read reviews that compare this book to Harper Lee s To Kill a Mockingbird One should never compare one book to another No two books are ever the same in content or how they are written Stupid me I was thinking perhaps I would get another of Lee s, and that hope made me so mad when it wasn t fulfilled I should have known better


  4. Julie Julie says:

    Cold Sassy Tree was Olive Ann Burns s debut novel, published as she turned 60, and I can tell you, she does not disappoint the reader She was a seasoned writer, but not a novelist, and clearly, she knew how to tell a story This book represents everything I love about reading and writing There s an old school feel here, an indescribable quality that takes me back to sitting in trees as a child, my back supported by the trunk and my young mind supported by whatever precious book I held proppe Cold Sassy Tree was Olive Ann Burns s debut novel, published as she turned 60, and I can tell you, she does not disappoint the reader She was a seasoned writer, but not a novelist, and clearly, she knew how to tell a story This book represents everything I love about reading and writing There s an old school feel here, an indescribable quality that takes me back to sitting in trees as a child, my back supported by the trunk and my young mind supported by whatever precious book I held propped in my hand.What joy, to think about those days, and that joy is somehow captured here in this coming of age novel It was written in 1984 as I was sitting in those trees reading Carson McCullers , but the story takes place much earlier in the century.I can t say that I can find fault with anything in this story The plot, the developed characters, the author s successful use of Voice, the likable narrator are all exceptional And, if all of that is too mechanical for you, you can also find adventure, history, romance and religious and philosophical insights.It was an absolute privilege to read it, and I m thankful I discovered it as I was sick in bed with a bad cold


  5. Megan Megan says:

    My grandmother s favorite book of all time, so I have always wanted to read it This is such a great book It nearly ripped my heart out for making me think of my Grandmother It is about a 14 year old boy in 1906 Cold Sassy, Georgia The book centers on Will Tweedy s relationship with his grandfather and the small town scandal that begins when his grandfather remarries a young woman two weeks after his wife s passing The narrative is so witty and touching and it is written in such a strong sou My grandmother s favorite book of all time, so I have always wanted to read it This is such a great book It nearly ripped my heart out for making me think of my Grandmother It is about a 14 year old boy in 1906 Cold Sassy, Georgia The book centers on Will Tweedy s relationship with his grandfather and the small town scandal that begins when his grandfather remarries a young woman two weeks after his wife s passing The narrative is so witty and touching and it is written in such a strong southern dialect that I found myself thing in terms of dern it and I reckon I cried for the last 50 pages and wanted my Grandmother to be here to hug me and tell me she loved me at the end


  6. Diane Barnes Diane Barnes says:

    3.5 starsI read this in 1984 when it was first published and remembered liking it, but not muchThis time around, I just felt sorry for the peripheral characters and the way they were bullied by Grandpa Blakesley Loved the southern speech and dialogue, hated the small town gossip and conventions Poor Miss Mattie Lou, dead three weeks in the first sentence, most poorly treated person in the book.


  7. La Tonya Jordan La Tonya Jordan says:

    The town of Cold Sassy Tree, GA in the summer of 1906 changed forever This is the year Miss Mattie Lou Toy Blakeslee died and her devoted husband of over 4o years Enoch Rucker Blakeslee grandpa Blakeslee married Miss Love Simpson just three weeks after she died Miss Mattie Lou not cold in her grave Miss Love Simpson was a Yankee from Balti, MD and a woman young enough to be Mr Blakeslee daughter The gossip and the scandal that pursued What was Miss Love s motive What was Grandpa Bla The town of Cold Sassy Tree, GA in the summer of 1906 changed forever This is the year Miss Mattie Lou Toy Blakeslee died and her devoted husband of over 4o years Enoch Rucker Blakeslee grandpa Blakeslee married Miss Love Simpson just three weeks after she died Miss Mattie Lou not cold in her grave Miss Love Simpson was a Yankee from Balti, MD and a woman young enough to be Mr Blakeslee daughter The gossip and the scandal that pursued What was Miss Love s motive What was Grandpa Blakeslee s motive How much of Granpa s wealth was Miss Love after Did Grandpa love Mrs Mattie Lou How much of this nonsense will Grandpa daughters put up with Enjoy reading for this book is hilarious The characters are authentic from Miss Effie Belle to Cudn Hope to Hosie Roach to Mary Willis Blakeslee Tweedy to Uncle Camp to the narrator of the story a young boy of fourteen years old named Willis Will Tweedy Will Tweedy grew up that summer He was grandpa Blakeslee grandson and his favorite grandchild to all who knew him This read, at the turn of the century, is about when life in small towns where emerging into what is now called the modern age The people who moved it forward and those who did what they could to hold it back Quotes I could see how Miss Love could cheer up a man whose wife was short of breath for four years, dying for ten days, and dead for three weeks He was just a puppy when Papa took me to Atlanta to hear the president speak I named him Theodore Roosevelt when I got home that day then shortened it to T.R so folks wouldn t think my dog was a Republican You see any telephone poles in Cushie Springs, Grandpa He looked around Naw, but what s thet got to do with anythang How can we telephone sir, if Cushie Springs ain t got no telephones She was a huge fat woman Grandpa Tweedy s third wife, and I liked her


  8. Cher Cher says:

    1 star I really hated it.A long, boring soap opera about small minded, judgmental, gossipy people in a backwoods town that specializes in making a full blown scandal over every petty incident It includes something for everyone racism, sexism, chauvinism, religious prejudice, and yankeeism It is like an all you can read buffet of ignorance.But there s something for the romantics too A charming love story about a vile old adulterer, whom after lusting for years after a woman young enough t 1 star I really hated it.A long, boring soap opera about small minded, judgmental, gossipy people in a backwoods town that specializes in making a full blown scandal over every petty incident It includes something for everyone racism, sexism, chauvinism, religious prejudice, and yankeeism It is like an all you can read buffet of ignorance.But there s something for the romantics too A charming love story about a vile old adulterer, whom after lusting for years after a woman young enough to be his daughter, he finally marries her three short weeks after he buries his wife of decades Well he had to move fast in case someone else got her first Thankfully I read this one via the audiobook version as it would have been an even slower andpainful read otherwise due to the thick southern vernacular If n you d a got kilt, it d mean you jest didn t move fast enough, like a rabbit that gits caught by a hound dogAin t the best prayin jest bein with God and talkin a while, like He s a good friend, stead a like he runs a store and you ve come in a hopin to git a bargainFavorite Quote To mourn is to be eaten alive with homesickness for the person.First Sentences Three weeks after Granny Blakeslee died, Grandpa came to our house for his early morning snort of whiskey, as usual, and said to me, Will Tweedy Go find yore mama, then run up to yore Aunt Loma s and tell her I said git on down here


  9. Barbara H Barbara H says:

    This is the portrayal of the town of Cold Sassy, named for the huge Sassafras tree in its midst, which the inhabitants had frequently debated on renaming The time period is set in the early 1900 s in the South Initially I was annoyed by the use of the local vernacular and associated grammatical errors, but I gradually adjusted to it and accepted that it was an effective and necessary factor to the telling of the tale.The nub of the story is the coming of age of 14 year old Will The plot devel This is the portrayal of the town of Cold Sassy, named for the huge Sassafras tree in its midst, which the inhabitants had frequently debated on renaming The time period is set in the early 1900 s in the South Initially I was annoyed by the use of the local vernacular and associated grammatical errors, but I gradually adjusted to it and accepted that it was an effective and necessary factor to the telling of the tale.The nub of the story is the coming of age of 14 year old Will The plot developed slowly, but I became invested in the characters of Will and his family, especially his grandfather and his grandfather s second wife Burns has also drawn a clear picture of his neighbors and friends Typical of small town southern life there was the gossip, the exaggerated sense of morality and certainly the lack of privacy in actions and thoughts It was impressive to view the development of historical events first cars, first bathrooms, first running water, clothing and early motor cars It was a simpler time in some respects, but adifficult time because people had to do so much physical labor just to live and the lacked materials which are so prevalent in modern life. Burns has blended much humor with periods of suspense and principals of wisdom It is a lengthy book, but it contains much to draw in the reader Members of my local book club enjoyed this with few exceptions and we had an extensive discussion period Also of interest, was the fact that Olive Burns wrote this, her first book, at the age of 60


  10. Book Concierge Book Concierge says:

    Digital Audiobook performed by Grover Gardner Thirteen year old Will Tweedy narrates Burns historical novel which takes place in the small Georgia town of Cold Sassy Tree circa 1906 It starts when his grandfather, E Rucker Blakeslee elopes with Miss Love Simpson It s a scandal, given that Blakeslee s wife was buried just three weeks prior, that Miss Simpson is only half Blakeslee s age, and even worse, Love is a Yankee Oh ,what a treat this novel is The characters are richly drawn, and cover Digital Audiobook performed by Grover Gardner Thirteen year old Will Tweedy narrates Burns historical novel which takes place in the small Georgia town of Cold Sassy Tree circa 1906 It starts when his grandfather, E Rucker Blakeslee elopes with Miss Love Simpson It s a scandal, given that Blakeslee s wife was buried just three weeks prior, that Miss Simpson is only half Blakeslee s age, and even worse, Love is a Yankee Oh ,what a treat this novel is The characters are richly drawn, and cover the gamut of personalities I was completely engaged in the story from beginning to end, laughing aloud several times as I watched the residents engage in gossip and speculation Change is a constant theme from the personal relationships to the introduction of automobiles, the citizens of Cold Sassy Tree manage to adjust, sometimes with grace and other times withthan a little consternation Will is a wonderful observer with the curiosity of a young boy, especially when it comes to relationships between male and female adults I loved the pranks he played and the tall tales he wove And was touched by the tenderness of his first love.Grover Gardner does a marvelous job performing the audio He has a lot of characters to interpret and does a great job of Will Tweedy and Grandpa Blakeslee He even does an acceptable rendition of the female voices


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