Cold Sassy Tree

Cold Sassy Tree

Book - 1984
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"Anytime Grandma had something to say, it was something you wanted to hear," begins the young narrator, Will Tweedy, in this tale set in 1906 Cold Sassy, Georgia. E. Rucker Blakeslee has a momentous announcement: he will marry the young Miss Love Simpson, barely three weeks after Will's Grandma Blakeslee has died. The town ignites at the news, and Will becomes the quiet confidant of the new couple, as his own life changes forever in his journey to manhood.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1984
ISBN: 9780899193090
Call Number: FICTION BURNS 1984
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 24 cm


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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.

Mar 10, 2016

Well-written story - made me laugh and cry

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.

Jul 14, 2013

The English Journal's story about Cold Sassy Tree sums it up best: “Boy, howdy, Ma’am, you have sent us a fine book!” It’s so fine a book that I can't choose what I like most -- the well-cut characters, the historical rendering of life's simplicity at the turn of the twentieth century, the sometimes-funny and sometimes-poignant stories of familial love and conflict or the depiction of a small community where, like in most small towns, your business is everybody else’s business, too. I enjoyed the heck out of this book. It was real and just plain fun.

Aug 15, 2012

Love the story, love the writing.

prkmbc Sep 10, 2011

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Aug 07, 2011

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


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