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Leaving Cold Sassy: The Unfinished Sequel to Cold Sassy Tree

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Anyone who came under the spell of Olive Ann Burns’s classic novel Cold Sassy Tree will delight in Leaving Cold Sassy, which returns to the story of the unforgettable Will Tweedy. In 1917, twenty-five-year-old Will now faces the complexities of adult life. He grapples with the influences of the modern world on his cherished Georgia hometown, which has recently been renamed Progressive City, and he finds his wife-to-be in a feisty young schoolteacher named Sanna Klein.

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Anyone who came under the spell of Olive Ann Burns’s classic novel Cold Sassy Tree will delight in Leaving Cold Sassy, which returns to the story of the unforgettable Will Tweedy. In 1917, twenty-five-year-old Will now faces the complexities of adult life. He grapples with the influences of the modern world on his cherished Georgia hometown, which has recently been renamed Progressive City, and he finds his wife-to-be in a feisty young schoolteacher named Sanna Klein.

Olive Ann Burns had completed fifteen chapters of this novel by the time of her death in 1990, and she expressed her wish for them to be published, as they are here, with her notes for future scenes. In addition, Olive Ann’s longtime editor and friend, Katrina Kenison, leaves us with an appreciative reminiscence of the beloved author and the legacy she left behind.

Eagerly awaited by the millions of devoted fans of Cold Sassy Tree, this New York Times bestseller is the unfinished tale of Will Tweedy and the young schoolteacher who captures his heart. Features 15 chapters of the bestseller's sequel, along with notes for the rest of the book--in keeping with Burns' wishes. Photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As she battled cancer, Burns (1924-1990) completed 14 chapters of a sequel to her 1984 bestseller Cold Sassy Tree , leaving behind at her death part of a 15th chapter and notes on how she intended to develop the novel's characters and plot. This new visit to the fictional town of Cold Sassy, Ga., features the original novel's protagonist, Will Tweedy, now 25 and too dang skinny to fight in WW I. Encouraged by local matchmakers, Will nervously courts schoolteacher Sanna Klein. Although the completed chapters do not cover their marriage, the births of their four kids or their hardships, these events are foreshadowed; in fact, most of the characters are based on Burns's immediate family and the story draws on their experiences. While it's tempting to relax and enjoy the outrageous southern situations, humor and attitudes here, the knowledge that the narrative will abruptly end (leaving conflicts sadly unresolved) dictates a cautious approach. Readers should prepare for an interrupted work-in-process, an uneasy sense of a writer's voice about to be stilled. Kenison, Burns's editor and friend, has packaged this second book respectfully and affectionately, adding an overlong, eulogistic portrait in which she limns the author's creative growth and painful but productive final years. Photos not seen by PW. (Oct.)
Library Journal
When her long and valiant fight against cancer and congestive heart failure came to an end, Burns's last wish was that the finished chapters of the sequel to Cold Sassy Tree ( LJ 10/15/84) might reach her many faithful readers in published form. Leaving Cold Sassy honors that wish, but it represents an act of homage rather than a finished work of fiction. The extant 15 chapters are obviously in need of tightening and polishing, and the reader must depend on the editor's notes to learn of Burns's plans for the novel; the actual text barely introduces the story. Burns intended to tell, again in Will Tweedy's (her father's) voice, the fictionalized story of her parents' marriage--sorely tried by Depression poverty, incompatibility, and her father's infidelities, yet finally successful. Fans of Cold Sassy Tree will enjoy the affectionate recollections of Burns's editor and friend, which constitute one third of the text. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/92.-- Anneliese Schwarzer, formerly with ``Library Journal''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553702095
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 2 Cassettes, 3 hrs.

Meet the Author

Olive Ann Burns was born in 1924 on a farm in Banks County, Georgia, and went to school in nearby Commerce, which was the model for Cold Sassy. She attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia; 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 and Constitution. She turned to fiction writing as a respite during treatment for cancer. She completed Cold Sassy Tree and a partial manuscript for its sequel, Leaving Cold Sassy, before her death in 1990.

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  • Posted December 19, 2014

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    I LOVED this book, after reading the first book (Cold Sassy Tree

    I LOVED this book, after reading the first book (Cold Sassy Tree) I could not wait to read the second, not disappointed. At the end of the book it talks about the Author, loved this section too, amazing and very interesting woman, sure wish she could have written much more books for the world to enjoy. I highly recommend this book, if you read the first you have to read the second!

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  • Posted June 12, 2014

    Ordered for my wife to use at her book club. She has macular de

    Ordered for my wife to use at her book club. She has macular degeneration so large print is a must. Book is in excellent condition. It is just as good a story as "Cold Sassy Tree".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Save your money

    I loved the first book!! This is not a finished book so save your money. See if your local library has it.

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