Cold Sassy Tree starts out fine. The two main characters Rucker Blakeslee and his new bride, Love Simpson, are very entertaining. Some of the other characters are a bit unlikeable. In the middle, the book seems to wander without direction. If you can make it to about page 325, the story takes some interesting turns and has a satisfying end.
Well-written, touching story that reads fast at times, not-so-fast at others. Explores an excellent relationship between grandfather and grandchild - much deeper than I thought it would. Good, solid Southern fiction.
An excellent book about small town life in the South, and the "coming of age" of a 15 year old boy. Funny, poignant, you will feel you know this family by the end of the book, and miss them after you finish.
The reader was able to do voices so well it seemed more like listening to a play than just one reader.
Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
rating: 4 of 5 stars
There is so much to love about this book. The characters are vibrant, the language is rich and there are good life's lessons throughout--but it's not preachy. This is a story told with lots of humor although it does have it's tear-jerker moments. Young Will Tweedy is 14 at the turn of the century and is living in the town of Cold Sassy, Georgia. His grandfather causes an uproar in this sleepy little town by eloping with the beautiful young employee in his store. That's bad enough but what really sets the tongues to wagging is that Grandpa's first wife just passed three weeks ago and is barely cold in the grave. The events subsequent to this scandalous event changes Will's outlook on life forever. He has an "old" grandpa who is made young again by the pretty young wife and he himself begins to grow up as he romanticizes about women, kisses someone for the first time, and drives around town in his grandfather's new automobile. Thumbs both up!
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I loved this book so much! It was the book that got me back into reading for enjoyment after finishing grad school many years ago. Believe it or not, I bought it because I liked the cover! A wonderful story with endearing characters. Highly recommended!