Sometimes I stumble upon a plain little book that has drifted about the periphery of my consciousness, and realize with wonder and delight that I’m reading a true classic. Cold Sassy Tree is one of those gems.
Throughout the book, Will bears witness to the danger of secrets not kept, the cruelty of class prejudice, and the transforming power of love.
Cold Sassy Tree was inspired by family stories told to its author, Olive Ann Burns. Published in 1984, the book was adapted into a movie in 1989, starring Richard Widmark as Grandpa Blakeslee, Faye Dunaway as Love Simpson, and Neil Patrick Harris as Will Tweedy. Composer Carlisle Floyd wrote an opera based on the book, which premiered in 2000. I hope to see both someday.