Cold Sassy Tree

by Olive Ann Burns | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0440514428 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingKateKintailwing of Burke, Virginia USA on 3/28/2014
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingKateKintailwing from Burke, Virginia USA on Friday, March 28, 2014
Picked this up at the Book Thing of Baltimore.

Journal Entry 2 by wingKateKintailwing at Springfield, Virginia USA on Friday, March 28, 2014

Released 7 yrs ago (3/28/2014 UTC) at Springfield, Virginia USA


Giving this to my friend for her birthday. I have a terrible feeling she may not have a copy.

Journal Entry 3 by Melydia at Centreville, Virginia USA on Sunday, March 30, 2014
Despite having recently received 35 copies of this book, KateKintail decided I still needed just one more, and included it in my birthday present. Thanks. ;)

Here's what I thought when I first read this book back in 2005:

Will Tweedy was 14 years old and living in Cold Sassy, Georgia, in the summer of 1906 when his grandpa came home one day to announce he was marrying a woman half his age, not three weeks after the death of his first wife, Will’s grandmother. The town, of course, is scandalized, and continues to be so as the story wears on. This is more of a “slice of life” depiction than much of a story – the author starts with a setting (the town of Cold Sassy) and a premise (Grandpa’s new bride), and meanders through clever little anecdotes and asides for a while until the author decides it’s time to end the story and starts killing off characters. This is not a bad story, just a fairly standard one. I don’t have very strong feelings about it either way. The constant backcountry dialect got kind of old, but I feel that way about all books narrated in dialect so that’s not exactly serious criticism. On the other hand, I could hear all the characters in my head with no problem. In the end, if you like this era of historical fiction, you’ll enjoy the feeling of living in Cold Sassy; if you prefer more plot-driven stories where everything happens for a reason, you might want to skip this one.

Released 6 yrs ago (11/11/2014 UTC) at George Washington's Birthplace National Monument in Colonial Beach, Virginia USA


Left on a picnic table near the waterfront.

Journal Entry 5 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Montross, Virginia USA on Sunday, January 11, 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I wanted something that wasn't heavy, but light and entertaining. This fit the bill. In fact, I've ordered the sequel. Will be taking it with me to give to a friend in Georgia or in Florida.

Journal Entry 6 by squarereader at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Saturday, March 07, 2015
Received book in hand from a Virginia friend. Enjoyed Ms. Burns kinder, gentler early 20th century rural GA read. Will release somewhere in FL.

Journal Entry 7 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Sunday, March 22, 2015
Loved the book. Rucker was my favorite character. He was cantankerous, fun-loving, and loving toward his wives. He took good care of his family and extended family (even though he could also be very demanding). He was also a Christian who hated hypocrisy and wasn't afraid to point it out. I would say that the book very accurately depicted life in a small Southern town shortly after the turn of the century.

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