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Author: Olive Ann Burns
Publisher: New York : Ticknor & Fields, 1984.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
Modern times come to a conservative Southern town in 1906 when the proprietor of the general store elopes with a woman half his age, and worse yet, a Yankee. The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around - fast. When Grandpa E. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Bildungsromans
Fiction
Humorous fiction
Pastoral fiction
Humorous stories
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Olive Ann Burns
ISBN: 0899193099 9780899193090 0618919716 9780618919710 038531258X 9780385312585 0440212723 9780440212720
OCLC Number: 10780543
Awards: Commended for Book Sense Book of the Year Award (Book of the Year) 1991
Short-listed for Book Sense Book of the Year Award (Book of the Year) 1992
Description: 391 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Olive Ann Burns.

Abstract:

Modern times come to a conservative Southern town in 1906 when the proprietor of the general store elopes with a woman half his age, and worse yet, a Yankee. The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around - fast. When Grandpa E. 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. And young Will Tweedy suddenly finds himself eyewitness to a major scandal. 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. As the newlyweds' chaperon, conspirator, and confidant, Will is privy to his one-armed, renegade grandfather's second adolescence; meanwhile, he does some growing up of his own. He gets run over by a train and lives to tell about it; he kisses his first girl, and survives that too. Olive Ann Burns has given us a timeless, funny, resplendent novel - about a romance that rocks an entire town, about a boy's passage through the momentous but elusive year when childhood melts into adolescence, and about just how people lived and died in a small Southern town at the turn of the century. Inhabited by characters who are wise and loony, unimpeachably pious and deliciously irreverent, Cold Sassy, Georgia, is the perfect setting for the debut of a storyteller of rare brio, exuberance, and style.
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