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Cold Sassy Tree With Connections (original 1984; edition 2000)

by Olive Ann Burns

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Title:Cold Sassy Tree With Connections
Authors:Olive Ann Burns
Info:Holt Rinehart & Winston (2000), Hardcover
Collections:Your library
Tags:south, historical fiction, family, victorian

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Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns (1984)

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To begin with, please do not compare this to To Kill a Mockingbird. It's not really fair to do that, because it raises expectations a little too high. This is a vivid, realistic depiction of small town life and a family, warts and all. The dialogue is good and reminds me so much of my great grandmother and her kids (my Paw Paw and great aunts and uncles). Unlike To Kill a Mockingbird, it does not focus on human rights and social issues. I would say it is more of a study of personality. There are hints at the social injustices going on all around Will Tweedy and he seems aware of some of them, but they are not the focus of this story and no great wrongs are going to be righted or even fought about. That's not what this story is about. So if you go in expecting characters like Atticus Finch and Boo Radley, you will be disappointed. But that's not the author's fault. Read Cold Sassy Tree for its own sake and its own characters, and you are just about bound to enjoy it. You might even cry at the end. ( )
  aurelas | Dec 23, 2016 |
Cold Sassy Tree - Olive Ann Burns
Audio performance by Grover Gardner
3 stars

Cold Sassy Tree is a small town in Georgia. It’s 1906. It’s new century, and despite lingering scars of the Civil War, progress will come to Cold Sassy Tree. Things are changing in the country, in the state, in the little town and especially in Will Tweedy’s interesting family.

I’m not sure what to think about this book. There’s warmth and humor, but it’s also sad. Somehow, I got very pulled down by in the petty meanness and the small minded bigotry of Cold Sassy Tree. It made it difficult for me to appreciate the humor. Maybe I was affected by our current 21st century political climate. Or, maybe I’m just too much of a damn Yankee.

This was one of the ‘free’ audible books offered with my amazon prime subscription. I was irritated with the quality of the recording. Maybe the difficulty was that I had to ‘stream’ the book rather than download, but it had an annoying tendency to skip like a broken record. Overall, an underwhelming experience. ( )
  msjudy | Oct 11, 2016 |
Read it; it's worth it. ( )
  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 2016 |
My friend has a special relationship with this book. By a "relationship" I mean that she had a couple copies find her and so now we give her every copy we come across, sometimes 35 at a time. Despite having dozens of copies of this book pass through my hands, I had never actually stopped to read it. So when I spotted it on audio at the library, I decided to give it a shot.

This felt like a YA book before YA even became a genre. It's the story of young Will Tweedy in the town of Cold Sassy in 1906 and his family. After his grandmother died, his grandfather almost immediately married a much younger (Yankee) woman. The scandal of it spreads through the town. It's a story of Will's experiences from camping with his friends to getting run over by a train to finding out about his grandfather and Miss Love's relationship to the first new car in town (his father's!). Everyone feels like a real person I enjoyed getting to know. In fact, I cried at the ending; I really didn't see that coming. It was a wonderful look at a unique set of characters in a time and place I wouldn't have gotten to know otherwise. I definitely enjoyed it more than I thought I would. ( )
  katekintail | Jun 18, 2016 |
It has been quit a while since I read this book, but Olivia Ann Burns made enough of an impression on me in my early reading to seek out her works to date. Her sensitive, ever humorous, and inciteful tact in writing about my beloved South, reaffirms my own affection for the South - characters, red clay, warts, quirks, the never-ending tall-tales, escapades of freckled-faced kids & whiskered octogenarians! She paints vivid portraits of her charcters and theirs homes and towns. You can hear their words flow off the page, but maintain a tight grip on that book - you are going to have quite a few belly laughs, maybe a brief tear or two, mostly smiles of visiting a place called a fun place to call home. ( )
  CathyWoolbright | Apr 20, 2016 |
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To Andy my beloved
To Becky and John our grown children
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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 your mama, then run up to yore Aunt Loma's and tell her I said git on down here. I got something to say. And I ain't a -go'n say it but once't."
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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.

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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.… (more)

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