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 » little kid with a crippled leg, from the trailer park up in the woods, takes to dropping by the store - and falls in love with Jack. Flagg takes us on an emotional roller-coaster ride through the lives and hearts of an engaging crew of misfits, fixers and ordinary good-hearted folk, set against the vivid natural backdrop of a mellow Alabama winter.« less
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.
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! ;-)
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.
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.