Tweedy, I felt even the minor characters, like Hosie, were developed and really made me care for them which is why I stuck it out to the end. That's well said, I think. Change is the driving factor behind creating a story, and creating the suspense. The writing in the book fell short for me. People weren't sure how they should act around a widower how got married? Someone wrote, it's a funny book about death.
Told from fourteen-year-old Will's point of view, the story uncovers a family and a small town's reactions to the death of a grandmother and the quick remarriage of the widowed grandfather. I also know that it drove me crazy that everyone was most concerned with what other folks would say. Controls the family in almost every way. Instead of just the one summer of his youth, it was compressed version of his adulthood and had a dark tone. Folks in Cold Sassy will have a good time talkin', but if you go on off to Texas, why, you won't have to put up with nothin' on accou This book was an unsatisfying read. I loved Burns' characters but traged This work perfectly exemplifies why authors finish works and why it matters.
The narration of Grover Gardner just added to my enjoyment. When she finally tells him her secret—her father raped her when she was a child—he says he doesn't care and affirms his love for her. Burns has blended much humor with periods of suspense and principals of wisdom. I need to look up which of my Goodreads friends reviewed this and brought it to my attention. It was a little depressing. .
The women are prefect too. Unfortunately, the author passed away, as did her husband, which is sad and the editor did a good job of trying to tie together all the facets of the author's life with her notes that she hoped to use in completing a second book. This is not only a coming-of-age story, but also a story of how it is to grow old. I know many liked this book. The reminiscence is illuminating and enjoyable, and the beginning of what would have been an excellent novel is a delight to read. The book unwinds through an absolutely crucial year in the life of this boy--the beginning of manhood through experiencing pain and understanding.
I can't believe Janette only gave this book 3 stars! I liked the beginning of the unfinished book however I'm not sure about the rest of the plot. It starts when his grandfather, E Rucker Blakeslee elopes with Miss Love Simpson. The narrative is so witty and touching and it is written in such a strong sou My grandmother's favorite book of all time, so I have always wanted to read it. She - the author - was an amazing person, who lived a good life, and loved the people that made that life a story worth telling. Blueford Jackson Will's best friend who killed himself accidentally with firecrackers prior to the opening of the story. She's a really sweet person who genuinely cares about the people around her. I wasn't too thrilled with how Will turned out-or his father.
There is a lot of smoothing, a lot of guidance that occurs in that editing portion of a work in progress and I discovered that the narrative isn't important enough to me to skip that. Will Tweedy is the narrator and the main character in the novel. The theme that recurs the most in this story is the theme of understanding death. The result is not unrealistic. For me, he somehow got the accuracy of Southern women and men through various age ranges.
The continuing story of Will Tweedy was good enough; not outstanding. I really liked Will Tweedy as a narrator. They have a sweet relationship and although the story is filled with minor scandal 1920's deep-south kind of scandal and intrigue, the focus of the book is the relationship between a grandpa and his boy. All I can do is cry about the unfairness of the universe and swear to never again get hooked on an author who died before they could finish their wonderful stories. A long, boring soap opera about small minded, judgmental, gossipy people in a backwoods town that specializes in making a full blown scandal over every petty incident. The characters are vibrant, the language is rich and there are good life's lessons throughout--but it's not preachy.
If you were going to listen to an audio version, I highly suggest the Grover Gardner version. A tantalizing taste of a cake never baked. As it's based on Burns' family, perhaps it might have upticked in the final pages. How do you deal with that? I loved the setting, the old South, the gossipy small town and the funny, quircky, but very believable people. There were some truly beautiful passages about love, loss, and even religion. He kisses her, but she sends him away contemptuously after kissing him. It is like an all you can read buffet of ignorance.