With the same incomparable style and warm, inviting voice that have made her beloved by millions of readers far and wide, New York Times bestselling author Fannie Flagg has written an enchanting Christmas story of faith and hope for all ages that is sure to become a classic.
Deep in the southernmost part of Alabama, along the banks of a lazy winding river, lies the sleepy little community known as Lost River, a place that time itself seems to have forgotten. After a startling diagnosis from his doctor, Oswald T. Campbell leaves behind the cold and damp of the oncoming Chicago winter to spend what he believes will be his last Christmas in the warm and welcoming town of Lost River. There he meets the postman who delivers mail by boat, the store owner who nurses a broken heart, the ladies of the Mystic Order of the Royal Polka Dots Secret Society, who do clandestine good works. And he meets a little redbird named Jack, who is at the center of this tale of a magical Christmas when something so amazing happened that those who witnessed it have never forgotten it. Once you experience the wonder, you too will never forget A Redbird Christmas.
Lured by a brochure his doctor gives him after informing him that his emphysema has left him with scarcely a year to live, 52-year-old Oswald T. Campbell abandons wintry Chicago for Lost River, Ala., where he believes he'll be spending his last Christmas. Bestselling author Flagg (Fried Green Tomatoes; Standing in the Rainbow) makes this down-home story about good neighbors and the power of love sparkle with wit and humor, as she tells of Oswald's new life in a town with one grocery store and a resident cardinal (or redbird, as the natives call it). Frances Cleverdon, one of four widows and three single women in town, hopes to fix him up with her sister, Mildred if only Mildred wouldn't keep dying her hair outrageous colors every few days. The quirky story takes a heartwarming turn when Frances and Oswald become involved in the life of Patsy Casey, an abandoned young girl with a crippled leg. As Christmas approaches, the townspeople and neighboring communities even the Creoles, whose long-standing feud with everybody else keeps them on the other side of the river rally round shy, sweet Patsy. Flagg is a gifted storyteller who knows how to tug at readers' heartstrings, winding up her satisfying holiday tale with the requisite Christmas miracle.
A Redbird Christmas
Fannie Flagg is a great story teller & this book proves it. It is a sweet story that I could hardly put down. Love her books.
A Redbird Christmas
A wonderful feel-good book. A man in Chicago (Oswald) is given only a few weeks to live. He moves to southern Alabama. He meets all the people of the town of Lost River. The storekeeper finds a redbird (Cardinal) that had been shot in the wing and nurses it back to health. The bird lives in the general store and learns many tricks. Little 5 year old crippled Patsy comes to the store and falls in love with Jack the redbird. Many miracles occur. Patsy gets her crippled legs fixed. Oswald is cured. The shopkeeper and others find love and everybody lives happily ever after.
This book is perfect for the times when you want a sweet, light easy read. Perfect by the fire with a hot cup of yummy, the characters quickly become friends you want to know. From Oswald the newcomer to the quaint coastal Alabama town to little waif Patsy whose life becomes meaningful after she meets her best friend,Jack, the folks rally around each other. While the plot is a bit predictable and the end ties up things a bit too nicely, I still enjoyed it! Looking forward to more Fannie Flagg!