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A Redbird Christmas
A Redbird Christmas
Author: Fannie Flagg
Oswald T. Campbell, aged fifty-two, down-and-out in a Chicago winter, is given only months to live unless he moves South...He finds himself in the small town of Lost River, Alabama, where the residents are friendly if feud-prone and eccentric to a fault. One of them, Roy, keeps a red cardinal, a once wounded bird called Jack. Patsy, a sad, sweet...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780099599876
ISBN-10: 0099599872
Publication Date: 10/22/2015
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 1
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txhockeymom avatar reviewed A Redbird Christmas on + 33 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
This is a most heartwarming book. A man who has always felt like an outcast is told by his doctor that he only has a short time to live thanks to emphysema and years of neglecting his health. The doctor tells him to get out of Chicago and go to a warmer climate before winter because a bout of pneumonia will be fatal. So Oswald T. Campbell ends up in the town of Lost River, Alabama. As always, Fannie Flagg entertains us with eccentric and colorful characters. This book is very charming and everyone lives happily ever after.... but that is what makes this such a happy book to read. If you are looking for intense relationships or conflicts, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for a simple book that will make you smile and warm your heart, A Redbird Christmas will fit the bill perfectly.
bibliopeep avatar reviewed A Redbird Christmas on
Helpful Score: 5
A nice read for a lazy day. The book begins with a very dark feel to it, but turns into a heartwarming, cheerful story. Very typical Fannie Flagg southern characters... but that's a good thing. Read with Kleenex nearby... just in case! ;-)
reviewed A Redbird Christmas on + 94 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This was really Hollywood. Its a story of a small Alabama town and its people. Its short and sweet. This old man finds out his emphysema is worse and he could only have a year to live so he moves from Chicago to this town in Alabama. The redbird is a cardinal the only store owner rescues as a baby and tames. A little girl befriends the bird. Turns out the little girl was left with this woman and the woman doesnt want her so one of the old ladies of the town takes her in. The story is cute and light. The ending, for me, was too happy. But, it was enjoyable.
Nene55 avatar reviewed A Redbird Christmas on + 15 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
A lovely story of small town people who took to heart a needy little girl. This is a Christmas story as well as a story of caring and compassion. When you help others you truly help yourself.You will want to move to Lost River, Alabama,( the setting of this novel) when you finish this book.
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Helpful Score: 2
After a startling diagnosis from his doctor, Oswald T. Campbell leaves winter to spend what he believes will be his last Christmas in the warm and welcoming town of Lost River.
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reviewed A Redbird Christmas on + 1551 more book reviews
A delightful Christmas tale that will please anyone who has already enjoyed Fannie Flagg's FRIED GREEN TOMATOES or her other novels of the South. Would make a good present, too.

From back cover: 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, Alabama. 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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Wonderful charming story about small towns and love.
greedyreader avatar reviewed A Redbird Christmas on + 22 more book reviews
Light, feel good reading as only Fannie Flagg does best.
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A pleasant fantasy for Christmas reading. Not Fannie Flagg at her best, but great if you want a very happy ending.
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Feel good, uplifting, and delightful
reviewed A Redbird Christmas on + 19 more book reviews
Heartwarming story! Fannie Flagg weaves characters together in a beautiful way, as always.
katzpawz avatar reviewed A Redbird Christmas on + 281 more book reviews
Fannie Flagg IS the voice of the Southern Woman Novel! Now she is the voice for a certainly non-typical, Southern Man. A 50-something life-long failure is told by his doctor that his time left is limited; so he heads South for a better climate in which to die. Who he meets, how he reacts and what happens as his life is changing will simply GRAB your heart. Fannie Flagg has a way of developing characters AND situations that you can really put into your heart. You will want to head South and meet these people. Every book she has written is a literary love-letter to the South. And lucky us - we get to peek over her shoulder and read them! Please read this book! You won't be sorry!
superscrounger avatar reviewed A Redbird Christmas on + 18 more book reviews
The title sounds like possibly another mawkish Christmas novel. Not so! A 'Redbird Christmas' is one of Fannie Flagg's best! She has the gift of taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary, of taking everyday people and giving them dignity and charm. She's also one heck of a storyteller!
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Don't let the title fool you. This is not your typical "Christams" novel. A man is told he has only months to live. He leaves Chicago for Alabama and his whole life changes.

An enjoyable read from the first page to the last.


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