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Cold Sassy Tree

Olive Ann Burns, who was born in Banks County, Georgia, in 1924, wrote Cold Sassy Tree.Burns collected all the stories of her father and his grandfather, a store owner in Commerce, which were a model for Cold Sassy.She wrote the sequel to this novel before dying in 1990.
Will Tweedy was the main character who retold the story eight years later.He was a young fourteen year-old boy at the beginning of the book.Will loved fishing, camping, driving, and spending time with friends.He also was a great story-teller telling true and fictional tales.He demonstrated his independence when he wished to go to college and become a successful farmer while his grandfather wanted him to work at the store.
E.R. Blakeslee, owner of the main store in town, was Will's grandfather and father of Loma and Mary Willis.He was a well-respected man of Cold Sassy, rarely questioned by anyone to his face.Mr. Blakeslee was known for his great fights when he was younger.His left arm had been amputated after an accident in a mill.Grandpa treated and loved Will as though he was Grandpa's son since the old man did not have one.The old man was usually stingy about spending money but made exceptions.Grandpa did what he wished knowing the town would gossip about him and his actions.
Although Granny Blakeslee(Mattie Lou), Mr. Blakeslee'sfirst wife, was deceased during the story, we learned much about her.For example,she nursed many sick people but hated house work.She was considered a saint for all that she had done.She was strong for having to struggle with no bathroom, lights, or electricity because of Grandpa's unwillingness to pay for them.She and Mr. Blakeslee really loved each other and were married for thirty-six years.
Miss Love, the second wife of Mr. Blakeslee, married him only three weeks after Granny died.Atfirst Miss Love was just the housekeeper because she was cheaper than a col