Today’s Saturday book review is Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns. Stumble into the old age, quintessential town of Cold Sassy as you meet Will Tweedy, a young 14 year old boy. Will’s life has more or less followed the rigid social norms of his home town, for forever it seems, that is until his grandmother, Mattie Lou, dies one day. As Will wrestles with the grief of losing his grandmother his grandfather, Rucker, declares his intentions to marry Miss Love Simpson. Now all of Cold Sassy is drawn into the family business and life ensues.
Olive Ann Burns does a masterful job of creating a masterful set of characters that are both authentic and entertaining. I loved feeling a whole range of emotions with this story as each character blossomed and grew. With an echoing sentiment of Fried Green tomatoes meets the Secret Life of Bees, Cold Sassy Tree illustrates the reality of life, consequences, prejudice, and acceptance. I wholeheartedly recommend reading it!
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Leaving Cold Sassy
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