Leaving Cold Sassy: The Unfinished Sequel to Cold Sassy Tree
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Leaving Cold Sassy: The Unfinished Sequel to Cold Sassy Tree

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At the time of her death, Olive Ann Burns had completed 15 chapters of the sequel to her bestselling novel, Cold Sassy Tree. With the publication of Leaving Cold Sassy, we bid farewell to this beloved author and the unforgettable characters she created. Olive Ann's editor has drawn on correspondence and conversations with the author to suggest directions the sequel might h...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published December 31st 1992 by Ticknor & Fields (first published 1992)
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This book is half fiction, half biography.

The fiction consists of the unfinished sequel that Olive Ann Burns wrote, but was unable to finish before her death. The biography is written by her publisher, who developed a close relationship with Burns and her husband, Andy Sparks.

As expected, the fiction of the unfinished work, is good, but not as polished as Cold Sassy Tree, and inspite of Olive Ann Burns' efforts, still leaves the reader with a lack of completion regarding what happens to Will Tw...more
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I liked the beginning of the unfinished book however I'm not sure about the rest of the plot. The final outcome of the plot I like but getting there I'm not crazy about. I liked the reminiscence about the author Olive Ann in some ways more than her unfinished second book.
I really liked her father's (Will's model) advise and it sounded a lot like grandpa "Olive proudly proclaimed herself a liberal and was adamant about her opinions, which she aired at every opportunity. Her father told her she wa...more
An unfinished sequel, well, it leaves you feeling unfinished. What I really liked about this book was reading the "reminiscence" from the editor. What an amazing woman Olive Ann Burns was! I'd read another book just on her.
Mary Kinietz
Burns died before she was able to complete her sequel. The first few chapters are good, but something seems to be missing - in contintinuitp, perhaps. The ending was neer written and notes from the author are included, so there is an idea of where the story was meant to go.

Much more interesting is the very detailed and informative, "reminiscense by her editior, Katrina Kenison. Full of personal details about Burns' life and her ideas on writing and about the genisis of Cold Sassy Tree. Ther are...more
If you really liked Cold Sassy Tree, you will either be very excited or very disappointed to read this book. Half of the book is a rather depressing story of Will Tweedy's courtship of a teacher not from the town. Some of it is written in vignettes and some of it is written in outline form as the novel is nowhere near finished but we are told where the writer intended to go. I liked what was there but was definitely left lacking.

The other portion of the book is a biography of Olive Ann Burns by...more
I was really interested in reading the sequel to Cold Sassy, and honestly, I was a bit disappointed when I realized that is an "unfinished sequel". I knew I would be left hanging and having to make up my own ending. I appreciate that all stories don't have a happy ending, but I was so hoping that this one would. Even though life for Will and Sanna isn't perfect, I had hoped that it would at least be happy. The novel, itself, only lasts about 100 or so pages. The rest of the book is the editor's...more
I was not impressed with this book. After reading Cold Sassy Tree, I was expecting the same adventure with this sequel. It didn't happen.

First of all, I should have known better. The title of this book does say "Unfinished Sequel" and that is correct. It's an unfinished story. The author, Olive Ann Burns, had cancer when writing this sequel. Unfortunately, the disease finished her before she finished the book. Her editor did add notes as to what Ms Burns told her about the plot and characters. T...more
It is hard to judge an unfinished book. In fact it was barely started when it ended at chapter fifteen. The rest of the book is some notes and a very lengthy eulogy/apology/discussion of why on earth there are only fifteen chapters written of the sequel in the five years Olive Ann Burns worked on the novel before her death. It is a very enlightening, often moving, certainly rosy picture of the author's life written by Olive's friend and editor. It describes both before and after Cold Sassy Tree;...more
Olive Ann Burns is a sorta Margaret Mitchell--lived in Atlanta, journalist by profession, only wrote one novel. This book was 15 chapters that were completed at the time of Burns death. The other half of the book was an 'appreciative reminiscense' of Burns by her long-time editor. I do like OAB. She battled cancer the last few years of her life, but she has to be the most up-beat people I've known of. There is frequent mention of her church and church friends, but no comment on her being a Chris...more
Book: Leaving Cold Sassy: The Unfinished Sequel to Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
Rating: 3/5
Why did you include it to your Book Bucket List?: Having read the first book, Cold Sassy Tree by the author, I, like many of its other readers, was interested in finding out what happened to the characters in the story. I like continuing sagas, and was hoping the sequel would be just as good, if not better, than the first book.
Was it worth it?: Yes and No ~ as it turns out, the author died during the...more
This is the unfinished sequel to "Cold Sassy Tree" which I read last summer. The author died before this story was finished, but she had such a strong response from fans to write a sequel that she wanted it published even if it wasn't finished (and obviously so did her publisher). The story picks up 11 years after the first book, still narrated by Will Tweedy, who is now 25 years old, graduated from college, out in the work force, and looking to get married. There isn't much to tell about the bo...more
Mar 15, 2010 Elizabeth rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Cold Sassy Tree fans
Shelves: fiction, own
While I didn't feel like this book was as good as Cold Sassy Tree, I did enjoy it. It just wasn't the same, but that's ok. I believe that if Olive Ann had lived longer, it would be an undoubtedly better story since she'd have had time to fine tune everything. I wasn't too thrilled with how Will turned out-or his father. That made me a little sad. I also had hoped Love would be in the story more. But, it IS an unfinished work, so who knows what it would have been had she lived longer.

I love that...more
I think Cold Sassy Tree is my favorite book, so I was psyched to see that Olive Ann Burns had written a sequel, even though it was unfinished. Unfortunately, the story was not at all what I expected. I was expecting Will to become a writer and to move away to a big city, like New York and eventually write Cold Sassy Tree as a memoir to reminesce about his childhood. However, the storyline for Leaving Cold Sassy was kind of all over the place, which is understandable, considering the fact that Ol...more
Jan 16, 2008 Angela rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of Cold Sassy Tree
Recommended to Angela by: friend in San Antonio
Shelves: fiction
This is a first for me. I've never read an unfinished book before. Burns worked on the sequel while she suffered a relapse from cancer (she wrote Cold Sassy Tree when she was laid up in bed with cancer), and she desired her work to be published even if it were not completed. She wrote 15 chapters before she died. She wanted this novel to be titled Time, Dirt, and Money, but I think her editor's choice works better. Will Tweedy as an adult interested me more than he did as a 14-year-old kid. The...more
I didn't love the first book (Cold Sassy Tree) and I really, really didn't like the "ending" to this one.

Olive Ann Burns was dying of cancer while she wrote this book. She realized towards the end that she wasn't going to finish it and left her notes with friends who published those along with the completed first part of the story. So I guess it's fair to say that I would give the completed part 4 stars but I hated the direction the story was taking in the authors notes.

The first part has the r...more
Having recently finished Cold Sassy Tree, I was interested in the sequel. I guess I didn't realize just how "unfinished" the sequel is (I didn't read any reviews or even the synopsis on the cover before reading it). I settled in and really enjoyed the first hundred or so pages. Then, it abruptly stops. What follows is a handful of choppy ideas and plans (taken from Olive Ann's notes and scraps of paper) for where the rest of the book was supposed to go. Sadly, she died before she finished the no...more
As someone who loved Cold Sassy Tree, I was ... underwhelmed ... by the story part of this book.

And by "I was underwhelmed," I mean I didn't like it. At all.

It seemed much more shallow than CST, and I couldn't quite believe that some of the characters (namely, Will Tweedy and Papa) would act as they did. And the thing of Will and Sampson calling one another "Uncle" really annoyed me for some reason.

So why did I give this even three stars? Well, for as little as I enjoyed Olive Ann Burns' writing...more
Kathleen Wells
It is perhaps unfair to give this just a "3." It is what was to be Olive Ann Burns's sequel to Cold Sassy Tree, but she died before she could finish it. So it remains unfinished, with just notes that she left for some chapters. And it includes a very nice biography of Olive Ann Burns. It was a long time ago when I read Cold Sassy Tree - probably close to 30 years. So this has motivated me to read that again.
Sue Krotz
I understood it was unfinished before reading, so I knew what to expect. I actually found it frustrating and scattered too, but understanding the reasoning behind this made it easier to accept. I did enjoy the second part, written by her editor, about Olive Ann Burns. I would have really enjoyed meeting her in person after reading the biography. Also, learning about her meticulous efforts in writing Cold Sassy Tree makes it even more clear as to why this seems so unpolished and unfinished...it s...more
Not what I hoped for. Not satisfying reading about Will Tweedy's life; he didn't turn out as well as I expected. I wanted to read more about Miss Love and her wonderful observations and Grandpa and his theological explanations--that's what I loved about Cold Sassy Tree. But I really enjoyed reading about the author and her life.

Quote I liked (p 257): "At one point, trying to explain her unhappiness, Sanna was to say to Miss Love, "I read some psychology books in college. Everything that's suppos...more
This is the unfinished sequel to Cold Sassy Tree and gets off to a charming start with Will Tweedy falling in love with a young schoolteacher at the age of 24. At chapter ten, the story takes a sudden jump to 17 years later where Will is trying to understand just where their love story went sour and to rekindle the spark by re-reading old love letters. He and Sanna now have 4 children and have lost the farm. He travels to earn a living, leaving Sanna alone for long stretches of time.
The notes O...more
It was not a clear choice in rating this one. I really liked the fifteen chapters that Burns wrote and polished before her death, but when I read the collective notes of what she planned to have happen in the book, the story lost its pizazz for me. It appeared that she was going to have some of the main characters lose their moral footing which seemed so contrary from where the original story was headed.
However, when I read Burns' editor's reflections on her friendship with the author, I began t...more
Stacy Natal
I recently read Cold Sassy Tree and was completely charmed by the book. I read this one to "complete" the story. I knew that it was an unfinished sequel by the author (she died before finishing the book), but wrongly assumed that the editor or another writer attempted to finish the book in the same style as Burns. For the first 100 pages or so, I fell right back into Will Tweedy's life and was happy to be back at the turn of the century in the south. But then it stops abruptly mid story and the...more
Olive Ann Burns was writing this sequel to Cold Sassy Tree at the time of her death from cancer. Some parts are finished, some parts are sketched out in a general way. That was quite frustrating, but my main problem with the book is where she was going with the plot.

She picks up the story when Will Tweedy is a young man, at the beginning of the 2nd World War. He has met a young teacher in Cold Sassy that has really caught his eye.

In the notes at the end of the book showing what she wants to happ...more
I didn't understand the "unfinished" part in the title at first. The book is only half finished so it wasn't as good as it could have been, but I still loved reading about those same characters; Will, Miss Love, Aunt Loma, etc. I was a little disappointed to hear how their lives turned out. Will and his father both turn out to be unfaithful to their wives, a huge disappointment. I expected more out of both of them.

Basically this book is just so honest. I like stories that end happily because li...more
Ruth Ann
Leaving Cold Sassy is an unfinished sequel to Cold Sassy Tree. This part of the book is disappointing in that the writing is still in the birthing process. The gem is the second part: A Reminiscence by Katrine Kenison about Olive Ann Burns.
This book is not for the weak hearted. This is the continuing saga of Will Tweedy from Cold Sassy Tree>. It is also the heartwrenching story of it's author Olive Ann Burns.

Ms. Burns only completed the first 14 chapters of Leaving Cold Sassy before her cancer returned and her subsequent death. Her editor published the 14 chapters, her notes on the remaining chapters, and a reminiscence to both honor Ms. Burns and to give the adoring fans the final, yet unfinished, story.

Leaving Cold Sassy is n
It was a bit disappointing because there wasn't an actual ending. But I just loved the end when I got to learn so much about the delightful author and her family history. She was truly a remarkable person.
Dorry Lou
This was the sequel to Cold Sassy Tree. I think this book would have been good if it had been finished. Of course we all know Olive Ann Burns died before that happened. She wanted to call it Time, Dirt, and Money based on the true story of her own parents. She did leave notes pertaining to future chapters of the book and others added them which gave you some idea what would have happened. Katrina Kenison an editor, who worked with Olive Ann until her death wrote a 127 page called" A Reminiscence...more
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Olive Ann Burns was a professional writer, journalist, and columnist for most of her life. She published two novels, one posthumously, and for many years was a staff writer for Atlanta newspapers and the Atlanta Journal Magazine. Her most notable achievement was "Cold Sassy Tree", a novel that describes rural southern life and a young boy's coming-of-age at the tu...more
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