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Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg

Redbird Christmas (2004)

by Fannie Flagg

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Title:Redbird Christmas
Authors:Fannie Flagg
Info:RANDOM HOUSE, Hardcover
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Tags:Alabama, Christmas, Humor

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A Redbird Christmas: A Novel by Fannie Flagg (2004)


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A cute short, sweet story with plenty of small town charm. ( )
  FAR2MANYBOOKS | Mar 25, 2016 |
This was a sweet little story set in a tight-knit community in southern Alabama. We first meet Oswald in Chicago, an alcoholic in severely declining health, while at his latest doctors appointment. He's told by his doctor that it would be best to move to a warmer climate as he "won't live through another Chicago winter." Thinking this Christmas will be his last, Oswald settles his affairs and heads south to Lost River, Alabama.

The humor in this book was great! The story has genuine warmth and characters that constantly made me smile. I really enjoyed watching Oswald's transformation and adored his relationship with Patsy. I didn't expect to get choked up during this book, but alas...I shed a tear or two. I couldn't help myself. It was the bird...doggone it... Kids and animals get me every time.

Very nicely written and a quick read that includes a Christmas miracle to lift your spirits! I'm looking forward to reading more of Ms. Flagg's work. ( )
  Becky_McKenna | Mar 10, 2016 |
A Redbird Christmas was an okay read with a witty main character, but the shortlisted the mark in areas that mattered to me. The majority of this story was the telling of a simple, small-town life, which was nice, but pretty humdrum. But then there is the ultimate no-no... A Christmas book in which Christmas has such an incredibly small part in the story. Boo. ( )
  StephLaymon | Jan 26, 2016 |
A sweet story well worth the read if you can find it. ( )
  Greymowser | Jan 22, 2016 |
Book on CD read by the author

This is a charming story set in a small town of Lost River, Alabama. On the advice of his doctor, Oswald Campbell leaves snowy Chicago to rest his lungs in the milder climate of Southern Alabama. He’s not sure what he was expecting, but it wasn’t a tiny town of just over 100 residents, all of whom seem to already know him before he even arrives. Slowly he becomes friends with the residents of the community, and especially with one little girl – an orphan like himself. The story is filled with colorful characters, small-town charm, and possibly a miracle. A nice, light read for this time of year.

Flagg is a talented actress and she does a credible job of reading the novel, though I find her pace just a tad slow. Also, she doesn’t have enough range to sufficiently differentiate all the female characters. But those are really small quibbles.
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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
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It was only November sixth but Chicago had just been hit with its second big blizzard of the season, and Mr. Oswald T. Campbell guessed he had stepped in every ice-cold ankle-deep puddle of dirty white slush it was possible to step in, trying to get to his appointment.
Being an orphan, he had never known who he was or where he had come from. Whoever left him on the church steps that night left no clues, nothing except the basket he came in and a can of Campbell’s soup. He had no idea what his real name was. Oswald was the next name on St. Joseph’s first-name list and, because of the soup, they gave him Campbell as a last name and the initial T. for Tomato, the kind he was found with. Nor did he know his nationality. But one day, when he was about twelve, a priest took a good look at his rather large nose, red hair, and small squinty blue eyes and remarked, “Campbell, if that’s not an Irish mug, I’ll eat my hat.” So Oswald guessed he was Irish. Just another piece of bad luck as far as having a problem with booze was concerned.
Oswald was feeling a little sad these days anyway. Christmas was just around the corner, and Betty was already playing Christmas carols on the radio. He supposed it put some people in a good mood, but all those “I’ll be home for Christmas” and “There’s no place like home for the holidays” songs just made him feel lousy. For him, Christmas had always been a season with everything set up just to break your heart.
“Aw, the poor guy, he comes down to that dock waiting for the mail, and all he ever gets is some pension check from the government. The whole time he’s been here, he hasn’t received one personal letter, not even one lousy Christmas card.”

What they did not know was that Oswald did not expect to receive any mail. He was down at the dock every day only because he did not have anywhere else to go, except to the store and back to his room again. All he was doing was just sitting around killing time, looking at the birds and waiting to die.
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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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Oswald T. Campbell, given the news that he only has a short time left to live, takes his doctor's recommendation that he leave Chicago and move to a milder climate, and ends up in Redbird, Alabama, where his involvement with a young orphan, a matchmaking widow, and a redbird named Jack, restores his heart and his health.… (more)

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