Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns audiobook

Cold Sassy Tree

By Olive Ann Burns
Read by Grover Gardner

Blackstone Publishing 9780547577555
13.10 Hours Unabridged
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Cold Sassy Tree is the undeniably entertaining and extraordinarily moving account of small-town Southern life in a bygone era. Brimming with characters who are wise and loony, unimpeachably pious and deliciously irreverent, Olive Ann Burns’ charming tale is a classic. One thing you could depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, was that word got around—fast. If the preacher’s wife’s petticoat showed, the ladies would make the talk last a week. But on July 5, 1906, things took a scandalous turn. That was the day E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, eloped with Miss Love Simpson—a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee. On that day, fourteen-year-old Will Tweedy’s adventures began, and an unimpeachably pious town came to life. As the newlyweds’ chaperone, conspirator, and confidant, Will is privy to his renegade grandfather’s second adolescence. Meanwhile, Will does some growing up of his own. He gets run over by a train and lives to tell about it, and he kisses his first girl and survives that too. Olive Ann Burns has given us a timeless, funny, Southern romance.

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Summary

Summary

An AudioFile Earphones Award Winner in 1993

Cold Sassy Tree is the undeniably entertaining and extraordinarily moving account of small-town Southern life in a bygone era. Brimming with characters who are wise and loony, unimpeachably pious and deliciously irreverent, Olive Ann Burns’ charming tale is a classic.

One thing you could depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, was that word got around—fast. If the preacher’s wife’s petticoat showed, the ladies would make the talk last a week. But on July 5, 1906, things took a scandalous turn. That was the day E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, eloped with Miss Love Simpson—a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee. On that day, fourteen-year-old Will Tweedy’s adventures began, and an unimpeachably pious town came to life.

As the newlyweds’ chaperone, conspirator, and confidant, Will is privy to his renegade grandfather’s second adolescence. Meanwhile, Will does some growing up of his own. He gets run over by a train and lives to tell about it, and he kisses his first girl and survives that too. Olive Ann Burns has given us a timeless, funny, Southern romance.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“One of the best portraits of small-town Southern life ever written.” Pat Conroy, New York Times bestselling author
“Rich with emotion, humor, and tenderness.” Washington Post Book World
“No less than brilliant!” Boston Globe
“One beautiful book. Better than To Kill a Mockingbird.” Shirley Abbott, award-winning author
“Exuberant, funny, touching.” Cleveland Plain Dealer
“A winner! This classic of Southern mores, coming of age, and abiding love is told with care and verve…Sympathy, appreciation, and understanding make [Gardner’s] presentation…as much a pleasure to hear as it is to read.” Kliatt
“An effervescent novel… [Grover Gardner’s] enlightened reading greatly enhances the emotive effect…Rich in characterization and dialogue, this novel is well-suited to the audio format; [Grover Gardner] superbly conveys this great wealth. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Full of humor and Twainesque adventures, the story is replete with a wonderful mix of characters and the trappings of turn-of-the-century life. Narrator [Grover Gardner] is perfectly cast.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Olive Ann Burns

Author Bio: Olive Ann Burns

Olive Ann Burns (1924–1990) was born on a farm in Banks County, Georgia, and went to school in nearby Commerce, which was the model for Cold Sassy. She received a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and for ten years was on the Sunday magazine staff of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 13.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English