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, Willโ€™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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