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A Redbird Christmas: A Novel Hardcover – October 25, 2005
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“Satisfying . . . [Flagg’s] faith in the healing power of small towns and family is refreshing.”
“[Flagg] keeps it simple, she keeps it bright, she keeps it moving right along–and, most of all, she keeps it beloved.”
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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.
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Her remedy for happiness of course is to return to animals and nature. It is through this relationship, simple and moving, that one can find not only peace of mind but a "new you."
I love the way she writes, the people she writes about, her love of food and the way she intertwines those recipes with her literary skills and stories. I intend to read everything she ever wrote. What a talent. If you want to have a good feeling and a love of life, read Fannie Flagg.
“[If] you want something really, really bad, and if it’s supposed to, it will happen.” —Fannie Flagg, A Redbird Christmas
“Isn’t it amazing how one little bird changed so many lives!” —Fannie Flagg, A Redbird Christmas
I strongly recommend this book. You'll love the characters, and you'll become involved in the story of Jack the redbird, Patsy the crippled little girl, and those who love them.
Even with a change in climate, Oswald’s health is so precarious that there’s little hope he’ll see another Christmas. Still, he might as well be comfortable in his final days, so he sets out for the tiny town of Lost River, Alabama. Nothing in his previous life has quite prepared Oswald for the cast of characters he meets in Lost River. The community embraces their newest member, and before he even realizes what’s happening, Oswald T. Campbell’s life takes a turn – just not the one he’d been expecting!
This was a warm and touching story that spans the year from one Christmas to the next. While not strictly speaking a Holiday story, it does indeed embody the spirit of the season. If anyone is better at characterization than Fannie Flagg, I can’t think of who it could be. Her characters, with their quirks and eccentricities simply come to life on the page. I come to care about them, empathize with them and enjoy every moment I spend in their company. The town of Lost River has a “Brigadoonish” quality that I found charming and the storyline, while simple, kept me engaged and anxious to find out what happens next. A well-written and enjoyable read for any time of the year, but really a lovely way to kick-off the holiday season.
No strong language (that I recall) and no sexual content.