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ISBN13: 9780385312585
ISBN10: 038531258x
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If the preacher's wife's petticoat showed, the ladies would make the talk last a week. But on July 5, 1906, things took a scandalous turn. That was the day E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, eloped with Miss Love Simpson — a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee! On that day, fourteen-year-old Will Tweedy's adventures began and an unimpeachably pious, deliciously irreverent town came to life. Not since To Kill A Mockingbird has a novel so deftly captured the subtle crosscurrents of small-town Southern life. Olive Ann Burns classic bestseller brings to vivid life an era that will never exist again, exploring timeless issues of love, death, coming of age, and the ties that bind families and generations.


The town of Cold Sassy, Georgia is scandalized on July 5, 1906 when E. Rucker Blakeslee, a widower for three weeks, eloped with Love Simpson, a northerner.

About the Author

Olive Ann Burns was a writer for all of her professional life, but she completed only one book before her death in 1990. That book, Cold Sassy Tree, has become a phenomenon since its publication in 1984, selling over one million copies worldwide and still going strong. The author was born in Banks County, Georgia on July 17, 1924, on land originally farmed by her great-great-grandfather. She was the youngest of four children. She died on July 4, 1990. Her unfinished sequel to Cold Sassy Tree, entitled Leaving Cold Sassy, was published after her death.

Olive Ann once told an interviewer, "It has been said that growing up in the South and becoming a writer is like spending your life riding in a wagon, seated in a chair that is always facing backwards. I don't face life looking backwards, but I have written about past times and past people. To write Cold Sassy Tree, I interviewed parents, aunts, and old cousins, and I took down what they said in their own words, using the rhythms of their own speech. What I was after was not just names and dates. I wanted stories and details that would bring the dead to life."

Although Olive Ann Burns' literary output was limited to two works, her colorful characters, detail-driven use of setting, and humor-laced plots endeared her to readers of all ages. In large part because she was inspired by what she knew best — the idiosyncrasies of her own family history — Burns was able to bring a region and an era to life.

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yukifruit, August 10, 2012 (view all comments by yukifruit)
I just finished this book for the first time, and I already want to read it again. There is so much to love about this book. The characters are vibrant, the language is rich and there are good morals and life lessons throughout the book, without being preachy. The story is humorous to put it mildly, as there are few books that I can say have made me laugh out as this one did, but it does have it's poignant moments as well. Young Will Tweedy is 14 at the turn of the century and is living in the town of 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 just three weeks after his wife's passing. The cover review says it best: "Rich with emotion, humor and tenderness. A novel about an old man growing young, a young man growing up, and the modern age coming to a small southern town." (Washington Post)
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Lisa from Florida, June 29, 2010 (view all comments by Lisa from Florida)
Cold Sassy Tree is a poignant tale of a young boy on the farm as he witnesses the illness of a grandparent. The reader experiences the exuberance of youth, passions of life, love of the little things and the heart wrenching episode of a death in the family. Olive Burns tells this story while she herself was undergoing treatment for her own cancer. This is her testament to working through the disease giving her readers a treasure to encourage them to remember to laugh though the heart ache and pain of loss. Cold Sassy leaves the reader with a good feeling of being alive but with a new sensitivity for those facing a crisis whether it be their own, one of a family member or friend. Burns gives us strength through her novel to be there in the tough moments. Thank you, Olive Ann Burns, for your foresight, generosity and giving of yourself to make us strong.
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Burns, Olive Ann
Dial Press Trade Paperback
New York, N.Y.
Humorous Stories
Cities and towns
Country life
Historical fiction
Pastoral fiction.
General Fiction
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