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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 by Fannie Flagg (2004)


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  LisMB | Aug 12, 2015 |
Adult orphan Oswald T. Campbell believes he has less than a year to live, so he moves from Chicago to rural Alabama to live out his final days. The charmingly eccentric residents of the small town he lands in help him regain his health and overcome his loneliness. A complication arises in the form of an abandoned little girl who needs surgery, but all ends happily ever after.

I read this predictable but pleasant book in a day. It's a feel-good story of redemption, healing, and even a Christmas miracle or two. ( )
  akblanchard | Jun 22, 2015 |
I had read this book some years ago, and when I saw this volume in a used bookstore, recalled it as an enjoyable read so I picked it up to re-read. It was, after all, Christmas time and it was in the Christmas books section. In spite of its' title, it really is not a Christmas book -- there is a kind of Christmas miracle at the end, though. It has a big-city man moving to a small-town in Alabama and meeting all these small-town, cozy characters. It's a bit longer than a novella-length and I enjoyed it just as much the second time around. ( )
  ValerieAndBooks | Jan 10, 2015 |
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  Staci09 | Jan 2, 2015 |
This is a story of a man Oswald who is dying of emphysema. His doctor tells him he has very little time left and he needs to move to a warm climate so he moves to Lost River, Alabama. Once there he meets a cast of characters. Roy who owns th local grocery store. Roy has a prt red bird named Jack. Patsy is a little girl who visits Jack every day. She is deformed, her leg turns out and drags when she walks. Patsy lives with Francis. Patsy's aunt dumped her on Francis because she no longer wanted to care for her anymore. This is the story of how each of these lives change the others. It was heartwarming. A real pick me up. People doing good for each other. I really enjoyed the book. ( )
  bwhitner | Dec 23, 2014 |
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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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