Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

Cold Sassy Tree

The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around--fast.On July 5, 1906, 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...

Details Cold Sassy Tree

TitleCold Sassy Tree
Release DateSep 4th, 2007
PublisherMariner Books
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Classics, American, Southern, Adult Fiction, Young Adult, Coming Of Age, Adult, Novels

Reviews Cold Sassy Tree

  • Ebookwormy1
    For years, I had heard the best American novel set in the South was "Gone with Wind" or "To Kill A Mockingbird," or more recently, "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 revi...
  • Chrissie
    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 it more than 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, i...
  • Megan
    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 a...
  • Cher
    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 af...
  • Julie
    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...
  • ✨ Gramy ✨
    .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 humor. Gr...
  • Sonja Arlow
    There is something so charming about a book set in this bygone era of the South. Where boyhood pranks involved setting loose a few rats during your Aunt’s play, where the highlight of your weekend is to go fishing with your friends and where the first motorcar will cause the whole town of Cold Sassy to stop and stare – including the livestock.There is a sweet innocence to the story even if, at times, dark issues are discussed.Will Tweedy’s ...
  • Emily
    I actually really liked this book, but I think I enjoyed the cultural and historical aspects of it more than the story, to be frank. Burns paints a wonderful picture of life in a small and changing southern town in the early 20th century. The depiction of the social tensions between the "lintheads" who work in the cotton mills and the rest of the town hit the nail on the head, in terms of the southern industrial mill era. We also see the coming o...
  • Barbara
    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...
  • ✨Susan✨
    I enjoyed this book but it fell a little flat, it had some good parts but I was expecting more because of the outstanding reviews. The story is told out of the eyes of a young boy from a privileged family. All of the characters lead back to his Grandfather and his fortune. Just a little trite for me. I think I was ruined by the absolutely wonderful bestseller, "The Saving of CeeCee Honeycutt", another book set in the South.
  • Book Concierge
    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...
  • Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
    This was a good, slow moving book. I know that sentence didn't make sense but it does when you talk about this book.
  • Rachel Aranda
    “Cold Sassy Tree” is not a book that I would normally fall in love with. If I’m completely honest I can see myself being bored or annoyed with it if I had read this story at a wrong point in time. However, I didn’t and am so glad! The narration of Grover Gardner just added to my enjoyment. For me, he somehow got the accuracy of Southern women and men through various age ranges. I found myself laughing out loud a few times. I played some m...
  • Pamela
    One day in Geometry, one of my classmates was raving about this book. Now, she wasn't really an avid reader, so I figured that hey, if she loved it and it got her to finish the book, it's probably pretty good.Fast forward more years than I'd care to admit and I've finally read it. Oh my. I am so, so disappointed. I understand that a lot of people love this book--and that's great! I'm not attacking you or judging you or anything. I'm just saying t...
  • Tiffany
    I can't believe Janette only gave this book 3 stars! I love this book, it's so delightful, the characters are so human with their fears, and pettiness and prejudices and lusts. It had a lot of humor in it as well, like when the grandpa decided eloped with the millner (hat maker) 2 weeks after the grandma died, and his excuse was, "she's as dead as she's ever gonna be!" But we didn't doubt his devotion to the grandma, because he completely lined h...
  • Irishcoda
    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 employ...
  • Joan Bannan
    Oh my! What a find. What a great book! I need to look up which of my Goodreads friends reviewed this and brought it to my attention. Thank you! I joined Goodreads because I HAVE to read and want to read great books. As I read the last page of this book, my first thought was, "I love Goodreads!"At a time when we are questioning our reverence for Confederate history, this book brings to light the heart of Confederate humility and loyalty. This is a...
  • Linda M
    This book was an unsatisfying read. I found the story, particularly the main story of an old man and a middle-aged woman falling in love compelling and believable. However, the book had some major flaws, in my opinion.1. The dialect is painful. "Cause if'n you do, or if'n you have a mind to after you git over bein' so mad at him, why, we could git this'n annulled. Folks in Cold Sassy will have a good time talkin', but if you go on off to Texas, w...
  • Dawn (& Ron)
    It is a shame the literary world lost the talents of Ms. Burns so early, but what a wonderful gem she left us. I first read this book years ago, only to learn that the author passed away while writing her follow up. This book still remains one of my all time favorites and it is the only other novel, besides "To Kill A Mockingbird", that weaves a spell, through a child's point of view, of a fading southern way of life. It shows both the idyllic so...
  • Kimber
    I liked this book for a couple of reasons but first - I gave it only 4 stars because I had a hard time with the southern writing (trying to do the accent), it was a little distracting for me.What I did like was some of the religious views taught - what might Jesus mean by 'ask and ye shall receive', the view of death and mourning. It made me look a little more at myself and see which character I fit - the gossips of the town, the drama queen moth...
  • Jessica
    Wonderful work of Southern literature, set in Georgia in the late 1800s. I actually enjoyed this even more than I expected. It will definitely be a new love of mine, in the same ranks as Gone with the Wind!
  • Lizzie Jones
    I can't help but love Rucker Blakeslee with my whole heart, along with every other character in this book. This is the witty coming-of-age story of Will Tweedy from Cold Sassy, Georgia. He loves fighting, telling stories, and driving his daddy's cadillac, but most of all he loves his Grandpa Blakeslee. They have a sweet relationship and although the story is filled with minor scandal (1920's deep-south kind of scandal) and intrigue, the focus of ...
  • Andy Marr
    I can't describe how much I HATE doing it, but I had to quit this book a third of the way through. I'd expected, naively I suppose, for a bitter sweet, heartfelt novel along the lines of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (the blurb on the front cover hinted that fans of Lee's book were in for a treat); instead, I was soon driven mad by a contrived plot, full of nauseating sentiment and cheesy melodrama. The plot is so contrived, in fact, that the narrator ...
  • Teri
    I loved this book! Such a sweet story. I couldn't help comparing it with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn because #1 they both have 'tree' in the title and #2 they're both a "snapshot" of life as told through the eyes of a young person. But where Tree was such a chore to read, Cold Sassy was a pleasure. The characters were vivid and fun and while they had their share of troubles they didn't drag down the entire book. To top it all off I got to read with ...
  • Chelsey
    I was extremely excited to read Cold Sassy Tree. Southern fiction is one of my absolute favorite genres and certainly close to my heart since I am from the South. I didn’t know anything about the book before reading the summary. Upon reading the summary, I anticipated a heavily plot driven story about the events after Mr. Blakeslee marries Miss Simpson.The characters of Cold Sassy made the book for me, despite the fact I hated most of them. In ...
  • Becky
    3.5 stars. I really liked this book, but I found it much easier to listen to this book than to read it. I grew up in the south, but I still had a hard time with the vernacular as it was written in this book. The 'should/would/could of' ones got me the most, more than 'terreckly' in place of 'directly', 'cain't' in place of 'can't' etc, because I kept thinking it sounds exactly the same if you write 'could've', etc, so why purposefully write it wr...
  • Carol
    An entertaining, but slow moving novel set in 1906 Georgia. Although you can't help but love Will Tweety (who narrates the book), Mr. Blakeslee his grandfather (a highly respected man in Cold Sassy) who runs off with Miss Love, a milliner at his store, after only three weeks a widower, I found the book kind of dragged along to the point that I found myself checking to see how many pages were left until the end of many of the chapters.The last qua...
  • Kelsey
    I read this one a few weeks ago and I loved the characters in this story because I could see a little bit of myself in each one of them. It is a simple story about a boy named Will Tweedy in a small Georgia town in the early 1900s whose Grandpa remarries the young and very attractive milliner only three weeks after losing his wife. The plot was so easy going and I really felt like I was watching a movie. Burns did a great job with the southern ac...
  • Elizabeth (Alaska)
    I know many liked this book. Though I did finish it, it just wasn't for me. First of all, there was too much southern dialect in the writing. I'd willingly accept all dialogue to be in dialect, but much - though not all - of the first person narrative was also written in dialect. Near the beginning of the book, and several times throughout, were references to "damnyankees". As an Alaskan, I understand I don't qualify as a "yankee", but my great g...
  • Numidica
    I love this book - such a loss that Olive Ann Burns died relatively young.