Quick Review: Cold Sassy Tree

Title: Cold Sassy Tree

Author: Olive Ann Burns

Published: 1984

The down low: One of those random books that kept popping up on my Goodreads as a book I would enjoy based on my previous reading selections. They were wrong (sort of).

Summary in two sentences: When Will Tweedy is fourteen, his grandfather creates a scandal in their small Southern town of Cold Sassy in 1904 by eloping with a much younger woman only three weeks after the death of his first wife, Will’s grandmother. The book follows Will and his family through the next year of dealing with the aftermath of the wedding.

Why you should read it: I am not sold on what type of reader would enjoy this novel, but Olive does create very believable characters. I was turned off considerably by the heavy usage of dialect, which I never enjoy.

How B&B categorizes this book: coming-of-age



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