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By Olive Ann Burns

The something you could depend upon in chilly Sassy, Georgia, is that be aware will get around—fast. while Grandpa E. Rucker Blakeslee pronounces one July morning in 1906 that he is aiming to marry the younger and freckledy milliner, leave out Love Simpson—a naked 3 weeks after Granny Blakeslee has long gone to her reward—the information is served up everywhere city with that afternoon's dinner. And younger Will Tweedy unexpectedly unearths himself eyewitness to an incredible scandal. Boggled by means of the sheer audacity of all of it, and never a bit jealous of his grandpa's new spouse, Will however approves of this May-December fit and follows its development with only a smidgen of younger prurience. because the newlyweds' chaperone, conspirator, and confidant, Will is aware of his one-armed, renegade grandfather's moment formative years; in the meantime, he does a few becoming up of his personal. He will get run over by means of a teach and lives to inform approximately it; he kisses his first woman, and survives that too. Olive Ann Burns has given us a undying, humorous, resplendent novel - a couple of romance that rocks a whole city, a couple of boy's passage during the momentous yet elusive 12 months whilst adolescence melts into formative years, and approximately simply how humans lived and died in a small Southern city on the flip of the century. Inhabited by way of characters who're clever and loony, unimpeachably pious and deliciously irreverent, chilly Sassy, Georgia, is definitely the right atmosphere for the debut of a storyteller of infrequent brio, exuberance, and style.

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Aunt Loma's face suddenly went redder than ever. Clearly she'd had a new thought. "Sister, with Love bein' Pa's milliner, and them seein' each other down at the store every day, people are go'n say—" "Will, I thought I told you to go get the eggs," Mama interrupted with a mad sound in her voice. "Now go on, right now. " I minded her. But she needn't think I didn't know what Aunt Loma was driving at. Well, there couldn't have been any carrying-on down at the store or we'd have heard about it long time ago.

There was a silence, except for Aunt Loma pounding her right fist into her left hand, bam, bam, bam, glaring at me as she did it. Finally she said my daddy might could talk Grandpa out of it. Mama didn't think so. "Hoyt don't even dare ast Pa to raise his pay. " She was being sarcastic. I'd heard her say that Grandpa thought Uncle Camp was still in knee britches. Aunt Loma didn't answer. She knew—they both knew—that nobody could stand up to their daddy. Then Loma shook both fists in the direction of the store.

I had never in my life seen a grown man cry that way. Preachers and sinners cried at revivals, and old Chickenfoot Creesie, a colored man, would cry when he came to our back door begging vittles for his children on a cold winter day. But not silent like this. Grandpa would of hated being seen.

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