''Rich with emotion, humor, and tenderness . . . A novel about an old man growing young, a young man growing up, and the modern age coming to a small Southern town.'' --Washington Post Book World
''No less than brilliant!'' --Boston Globe
''Exuberant, funny, touching.'' --Cleveland Plain Dealer
''Full of humor and Twainesque adventures, the story is replete with a wonderful mix of characters and the trappings of turn-of-the-century life. Narrator Tom Parker (aka-Grover Gardner) is perfectly cast.'' --Library Journal
''A winner! This classic of Southern mores, coming of age, and abiding love is told with care and verve by a narrator who assumes all roles in a realistic but restrained manner and varies his capable Southern accent to suit both male and female, black and white, educated or millhand. Sympathy, appreciation, and understanding make Parker's (aka-Grover Gardner's) presentation completely faithful to the spirit of the book as much a pleasure to hear as it is to read.'' --Kliatt
''An effervescent novel . . . Tom Parker's (aka-Grover Gardner's)enlightened reading greatly enhances the emotive effect of the novel. With an impressive array of consistently natural voices, he involves the listener directly in the drama of the characters' lives . . . Rich in characterization and dialogue, this novel is well-suited to the audio format; Tom Parker (aka-Grover Gardner ) superbly conveys this great wealth.'' --AudioFile
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From the Publisher
If the preacher's wife's petticoat showed, the ladies would make the talk last a week. But on July 5, 1906, things took a scandalous turn. That was the day E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, eloped with Miss Love Simpson -- a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee! On that day, fourteen-year-old Will Tweedy's adventures began and an unimpeachably pious, deliciously irreverent town came to life. Not since To Kill A Mockingbird has a novel so deftly captured the subtle crosscurrents of small-town Southern life. Olive Ann Burns classic bestseller brings to vivid life an era that will never exist again, exploring timeless issues of love, death, coming of age, and the ties that bind families and generations.
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