He gets run over by a train and lives to tell about it; he kisses his first girl, and survives that too. Though I did finish it, it just wasn't for me. The overall feel of the book was so melodramatic, yet unfocused, that it was really jarring to read. Unfortunately, Ms Burns died before editing or finishing the sequal to this, so it probably wouldn't be as strong and as well written as this. The plot of this book is basically Will Tweedy eavesdropping on Miss Love and Mr.
His grandfather causes an uproar in this sleepy little town by eloping with the beautiful young employee in his store. Language: Uses of the Lord's name in vain, some minor cussing. Religion: Let's just say that I wouldn't say Will's grandfather had sound theology, and there were a lot of theological monologues in this book. It made me look a little more at myself and see which character I fit - the gossips of the town, the drama queen mother, the one willing to press forward cheerfully not matter how others treat me. Just finished Cold Sassy Tree.
The chapter she is describing could be disturbing for a younger reader under 12 maybe but it is between a married couple. It is written from the perspective of a young boy at the turn of the century. I loved the pranks he played and the tall tales he wove. I think the stories that have staying power tell timeless human stories of belonging because it's the universal human desire - to resolve the pain and barriers of belonging to create stable and supportive societies. And Loomis, the black servant, he speaks just as he should.
. 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. She was a seasoned writer, but not a novelist, and clearly, she knew how to tell a story. 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. I really liked this book, but I found it much easier to listen to this book than to read it. Well, at least the audiobook narrated by Tom Parker. The town is in upheaval!! Olive Ann Burns covers, and I think all of them were important and went well with the story of this family.
The rest of the cast was great too. I suppose we're meant to like Grandpa and Miss Love, and Will Tweedy, the narrator, but I was really put off by the way they just go along with the hypocrisy of their fellow townsfolk. Although he comes from a conventional family, Will is a free spirit and often feels compelled to defy the rules governing his life. The movie also saw some of the earliest work from Samantha Mathis as well as fine work from eighties and nineties staples Frances Fisher and Jay O. This observant and sensitive boy seems to understand more than most of the wagging tongues in his little town. Essentially, they are pretty much just like the rest of traditional, gossipy Cold Sassy, we are just supposed to feel more sympathy for them because they are related to the narrator.
I highly recommend this book. I have to admit that the first chapter was off-putting. Early Years Olive Ann Burns was born in on July 17, 1924, to Ruby Celestia Hight and William Arnold Burns. To top it all off I got to read with a southern accent, yes!! He gets run over by a train and lives to tell about it; he kisses his first girl, and survives that too. But the book started out in Mayberry and began to drift elsewhere toward the end. 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.
I need to look up which of my Goodreads friends reviewed this and brought it to my attention. On July 5, 1906, scandal breaks in the small town of Cold Sassy, Georgia, when the proprietor of the general store, E. 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. That said the amazing strengths of this novel more than compensate for these lapses. Floyd came to the project by way of a sibling.
All sorts of complications follow, and we learn a lot about life in the southern small town at the turn of the century. The characters, particularly Will and Grandpa, were so enjoyable and they felt real and distinctive and memorable to me by the end of the book. I understood the comment about Lightfoot's family being from the hills, not the mountains. Like chapters eleven and twelve. The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around--fast. I think this book is miles, miles away from To Kill a Mockingbird in just about every category. I missed my Pilates class to finish it.
The last quarter of the book, however, moved along pretty quic An entertaining, but slow moving novel set in 1906 Georgia. Burns did a great job with the southern accent - it must have taken her forever to spell each word how it would have been pronounced with a southern accent. The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around - fast. Told thru the eyes of a young boy, the story begins around the death of his grandmother. I guarantee that you'll draw little comfort from the time you spend with the novel, though it may leave you feeling cold.