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Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
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Aug 10, 10

Read in August, 2010

Just re-read, after reading in high school. I saw it on my shelf, decided to pick it up again, and am so happy I did. This is an engaging portrayal of a small, southern town around the turn of the century. It focuses on family dealing with the scandal of their recently-widowed grandfather marrying a beautiful woman half his age. Told from the voice of the 14 year old grandson, the story chronicles all the family goes through during the course of this particular summer. However, while the story is fun and engaging, the strength of the novel lies in the development of each character. The characters are believeable, likeable and hate-able all at once and one could believe that this town really existed/exists. I was very sad when this novel ended, though I will also add that I felt the ending was beautiful and very fitting.

Highly recommend!
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