She grew up in Commerce, Georgia, in the s with three older siblings. Her father had been a farmer who went broke during the Great Depression. Olive Ann went to high school in Macon and to Mercer University in Macon, then transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated with a degree in journalism in
Olive Ann Burns, the author, died before it was finished. Her neighbor, friend, and transcriptionist, Norma Duncan, along with the book's editor, cobbled together the finished chapters and the author's extensive notes to create what they could of the sequel.
It's followed by notes and reminiscences of the editor that detail Burns's efforts and struggles to finish the book, as well as many glimpses into the author's personal life.
Really, the book is part sequel, part biography. Adult Will Tweedy annoyed me, and I don't think I got to know Sanna Klein well enough to warm up to her and who knows if that would have happened with a completed book.
Burns's writing is just as wonderful as always, however, and I was definitely still interested in the lives of the characters I'd gotten to know in the first book.
What deterred me from fully embracing the overall book was the way it was structured, which has nothing to do with Burns's writing, but detracts from the overall product nonetheless. Because this is an unfinished sequel, naturally it ends abruptly.
That could have been ameliorated, I believe, by creating a transition between the ending and the editor's section. That's not to say I didn't enjoy the editor's piece; I found it very interesting and heartwarming.
Still, the two parts are stuck together in a confusing manner. All that said, Olive Ann Burns, by all accounts, was an amazing woman, and her warmth and goodness certainly come through in both parts of this book.
I very much enjoyed reading about her writing process, and it was heartwarming to read about her brave struggle and positive outlook on life. Good, certainly would have been great had the author lived to rewrite and polish it. I only gave it 3 stars because it ends abruptly. But I love the story of Cold Sassy Tree, so much fun, and so many entertaining characters and situations!
It was interesting to see the main character, Will Tweedy, ten years after the ending of the first book, and see where his life was headed, even though there was no ending because of the author's death.
TerriS May 8, Half this book is the unfinished sequel titled "Time, Dirt, and Money"several chapters some more polished than others and notes on how the book will go, the other half is a biography of Ms.
The biography is interesting, especially if you are a fan of the author.
The unfinished sequel suffers from, obviously, not being finished. Some stories are fine when they're not polished, as the plot will carry them along. Ones that depend on the characters don't do as well.
Burns had lived to finish it, I think it would have been an enjoyable read. As it is, it's more of a curiosity.
A close friend in publishing finished by writing a memoir about the author, which is equally fascinating and heart warming.Cold Sassy Tree, , Olive Ann Burns, , , Arena, author's famous work on his time living on the shores of Walden Pond and ruminating on nature, the US will face in the coming years including the financial crisis download Cold Sassy Tree Olive Ann Burns My Life and Work - Autobiography, Henry Ford, Jan 1.
Jul 06, · Olive Ann Burns, whose illness with lymphoma prompted her to write the novel ''Cold Sassy Tree,'' died on Wednesday. She was 65 years old and lived in Atlanta.
Ms. Burns died of heart failure. Cold Sassy Tree, although being one of the few books that I have ever completed in my life, is one of my favorites!
Olive Ann Burns wrote this book based on her own family life. I /5. "It has been said that growing up in the South and becoming a writer is like spending your life riding in a wagon, seated in a chair that is always facing backwards," author Olive Ann Burns once commented.
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