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

by Fannie Flagg

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A wonderful story and a fun read. Fannie Flagg is an excellent reader. ( )
  iadam | Jan 11, 2018 |
This is the best Christmas book I have ever read. It's a real page-turner about the windy city who came together to discover the real meaning of Christmas. This is the best feel-good and inspiring story you could ever read at Christmas time. Debbie F. / Marathon County Public Library
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  mcpl.wausau | Sep 25, 2017 |
This charming tale is a delight from beginning to end. A lonely man is told by his doctor to get his affairs in order, and that maybe a change in climate could add some months to his life. Leaving Chicago for a very small town in Alabama, Oswald finds a life he didn’t know existed, in the form of caring people, a loving but abandoned child, and a mysterious redbird. A heart-warming tale, it has all the elements needed – including a happy ending – for a wonderful Christmas story. ( )
  Maydacat | Feb 26, 2017 |
A perfectly heartwarming novel to read at Christmastime. It will lift your spirits and cause you to believe in a Christmas miracle. Oswald moves to the town of Lost Rivers for his health. Little does he know that the move will affect more than just his health. It's a wonderfully quick read. Perfect for the holiday season! ( )
  briandrewz | Dec 22, 2016 |
Review Loved this book! A lovely story. It is bittersweet,it has humor,it has hope. LOVED IT. Fast quick read also! About 200 pages. Excellent character development! It had a nice flow to the story as well. My ONLY complaint is that every loosed end is tied up at speed of light in the last 5 pages. I do not understand why authors do this! Are they tired of writing the story? This ruined the flow of the story for me,I am glad it tied up loose ends but it could have been done better. ( )
  LauGal | Dec 22, 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.
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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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In a tiny and remote Alabama town, an unexpected, unusual, and life-transforming event that occurs on one Christmas morning changes a family and a town forever.

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