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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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Dec 17, 2014

I enjoyed this heartwarming story about a lonely man that moves to a very small town for what he believes will be his last Christmas. I enjoyed the humor with which the author weaves this tale, the characters are rich and believable, and the relationship between the man and the Redbird (Jack) is touching and sweet. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the Fannie Flagg that I knew as a comedian was also an accomplished author. This is an easy Christmas tale that I would recommend to readers I enjoyed this heartwarming story about a lonely man that moves to a very small town for what he believes will be his last Christmas. I enjoyed the humor with which the author weaves this tale, the characters are rich and believable, and the relationship between the man and the Redbird (Jack) is touching and sweet. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the Fannie Flagg that I knew as a comedian was also an accomplished author. This is an easy Christmas tale that I would recommend to readers of all ages.
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Feb 10, 2014

A short, sweet book about life in small town America where good things happen to good people and bad things to bad people. A place where everyone eventually meets the love of their life and lives happily ever after. In other words suspend belief all ye who enter here but just settle back and enjoy it for what it is. Not every book you read has to be a literary masterpiece!
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Oct 02, 2015


Description: 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 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.

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Description: 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 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, along the riverside where birds and fish abound. Her enchanting story culminates at Christmastide with surprises and a magical 'redbird' moment.


Opening: The Windy City: 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.

Somewhat twee, yet not as saccharine as some. Surely the term is Cajun not Creole, if my cult-yar classes steered me right. ...more
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Nov 17, 2009

***SPOILER ALERT***
Predictable. Dripping with cliche. Gaggably sappy.

Dying man is cured. Crippled orphan girl is healed and gets a mommy and a daddy. Broken-hearted bachelor finally gets to marry the true love of his youth. Spinster finds true love. Dead bird that everyone loved comes back (sort of) as a Christmas miracle. Do I need to go on?

The rest of my book club LOVED it. What does that say about me? About my book club? Not sure.
5

Nov 30, 2019

Redbird Christmas is absolutely one of my holiday favorites! Right up there with It's a Wonderful Life, and Elf, I'm so glad to listen to Fannie Flagg narrate this book.

The characters are dear and their struggles are the kind one imagines would be experienced by a neighborhood right smack dab on a river in Alabama. There is a death sentence, a duel with a Creole family, a postal worker who wants to write, elderly mothers who go nuts, a robust community group called the Polka Dots, a tragedy, Redbird Christmas is absolutely one of my holiday favorites! Right up there with It's a Wonderful Life, and Elf, I'm so glad to listen to Fannie Flagg narrate this book.

The characters are dear and their struggles are the kind one imagines would be experienced by a neighborhood right smack dab on a river in Alabama. There is a death sentence, a duel with a Creole family, a postal worker who wants to write, elderly mothers who go nuts, a robust community group called the Polka Dots, a tragedy, crowd-sourcing, go-funding and restored love. Best of all there is Jack - that darling red bird with a sassy outlook on his birdness and the many ways he embraces it make for great pages of reading. Not to forget Patsy, the neglected girl, and our main character, Oswald T. Campbell named for a tomato soup can. . . .well, seriously, every introduction sears the character in your brain and on the shelf of characters you'd most likely want to meet! I do get tired of every fat person being wicked, lazy or stupid. . . .but FF isn't the only author who has lurched lemming-like over this particular cliff, and I'm willing to overlook it in exchange for all the other treasures this book offers.

If you've never redbirded, now's the time. It's a great read, but with Fannie narrating, it's an even better listen.

5 stars. Snow-covered, redbirded stars. ...more
5

Nov 24, 2017

Fannie Flagg writes inspirational novels and creates characters imbued with humor and goodness and moral integrity. She is creating her own world, her own society within these settings, of perhaps how the world should be. ..not how it is. The doing of good deeds is important and characters usually end with the achievement of self-actualization in some form or another. This community is usually symbolized in the small town, where neighbors support each other and the world of nature. The Fannie Flagg writes inspirational novels and creates characters imbued with humor and goodness and moral integrity. She is creating her own world, her own society within these settings, of perhaps how the world should be. ..not how it is. The doing of good deeds is important and characters usually end with the achievement of self-actualization in some form or another. This community is usually symbolized in the small town, where neighbors support each other and the world of nature. The intertwining of these themes brings about a feeling of not just comfort, but of healing. Flagg also never fails to make me laugh! ...more
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Dec 17, 2017

I listened to this as an audiobook, read by Fannie Flagg. She gives the perfect nuance to the quintessential southern charm she embodies in her novels. Filled with loveable, eccentric characters that touched my heart, making me feel a part of their community. Humourous, sometimes tragic and brimming with love and hope, a wonderful story of a Christmas miracle.
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Aug 17, 2009

I audio-ed this and for anyone who has read Flagg and is familiar with her friendly style of story telling I cannot recommend listening to her read her own books enough. I grew up in West Virginia so Flaggs accent reminds me of any number of my relatives. She sounds so sweet and forgiving even when describing someone on a drinking binge. You know what I mean, like when someone talks about how dumb or ugly someone is, but throws a bless their heart in every once in a while to take away the sting. I audio-ed this and for anyone who has read Flagg and is familiar with her friendly style of story telling I cannot recommend listening to her read her own books enough. I grew up in West Virginia so Flagg’s accent reminds me of any number of my relatives. She sounds so sweet and forgiving even when describing someone on a drinking binge. You know what I mean, like when someone talks about how dumb or ugly someone is, but throws a “bless their heart” in every once in a while to take away the sting.

Like all of her other novels, this is set in small town, Lost River here, and Lost River is as much a character as any of the people. We begin our story with an older man living in Chicago who is told he must move to the southern climate if he hopes to survive more than six months. Through a series of coincidences and misunderstandings Oswald is able to rent a room for very little money in Lost River and packs up and migrates south.

The majority of the story is about Oswald learning to care about the others in this small community and especially how to allow them to care for him in return. In addition to the new adults he meets, Oswald’s heart is stolen by an abandoned little girl, Patsy. Not only is Patsy alone and poor, but she is has a deformity (caused by an untreated injury) that makes her drag her foot behind her. Not only Oswald, but the entire town take it upon themselves to care for and raise this little girl. She is a lifeline for Oswald and the love Flagg shows through the story is heartwarming without being sappy.

I think Flagg’s main talent is to temper her sweet stories with truth. Real people do bad things, even the very, very good people. Flagg’s characters are no different. People fight, drink and carry on, but their reasons allow you to love them. Flagg’s characters accept each other for what and who they are not what and who they want each other to be. Too bad we aren't all like that. ...more
5

Apr 18, 2008

Absolutely the best Christmas book ever! It's sweet, funny and touching. I've read it 4 times and given copies to friends. Fannie Flagg herself reads the audio version and I hear she's working on a movie version. I vote for William H. Macy for the lead.
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Sep 20, 2011

I read this book more than seven years ago, but barely remembered it. I was in the mood for a comfort, Christmas read, and this was perfect. This story touched my heart, as pretty much all Fannie Flagg books do. Yes, they often are a bit predictable and a bit like a Hallmark movie, but sometimes thats what we need. Reading them makes me wish that I lived in that world full of southern charm, where people are genuinely hospitable, caring, and compassionate.

I read this book more than seven years ago, but barely remembered it. I was in the mood for a comfort, Christmas read, and this was perfect. This story touched my heart, as pretty much all Fannie Flagg books do. Yes, they often are a bit predictable and a bit like a “Hallmark” movie, but sometimes that’s what we need. Reading them makes me wish that I lived in that world – full of southern charm, where people are genuinely hospitable, caring, and compassionate.

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Dec 31, 2016

Updated December 2019 - second read - VERY Nice

Loved this just as much the second time!

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I have madly loved every one of Fannie Flagg's books. They are adorable, wonderful, feel-good fantasies of small town life in the south. This one takes place in Lost River Arkansas, with the usual collection of kind-hearted eccentrics living in the kind of community everyone secretly dreams of finding.

Oswald Campbell, is a very sick, lonely man. At the stern Updated December 2019 - second read - VERY Nice

Loved this just as much the second time!

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I have madly loved every one of Fannie Flagg's books. They are adorable, wonderful, feel-good fantasies of small town life in the south. This one takes place in Lost River Arkansas, with the usual collection of kind-hearted eccentrics living in the kind of community everyone secretly dreams of finding.

Oswald Campbell, is a very sick, lonely man. At the stern recommendation of his doctor, he needs to escape the bitter Chicago winter for warmer climes. He has little money, so the doctor helps him find and rent a room from one of the Lost River residents. Oswald thinks he has gone there to die, but ends up getting a whole new lease on life. The red bird of the title is an orphaned cardinal named Jack who has a profound influence on all the residents of Lost River.

It's not really a Christmas story, it can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Just read it, and have kleenex handy at the end. ...more
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Dec 29, 2007

Better than warm chocolate chip cookies and a fire in the fireplace, Fannie Flagg always makes me feel good about the world and people in general. A Redbird Christmas tells a very touching story about a man on the brink of death in Chicago who is advised to move South to a more temperate climate or risk dying from pneumonia. With only a medical pension, he cannot afford Florida, but he can afford to rent a room on the Lost River in Alabama where, for the first time in his life, he finds a home Better than warm chocolate chip cookies and a fire in the fireplace, Fannie Flagg always makes me feel good about the world and people in general. A Redbird Christmas tells a very touching story about a man on the brink of death in Chicago who is advised to move South to a more temperate climate or risk dying from pneumonia. With only a medical pension, he cannot afford Florida, but he can afford to rent a room on the Lost River in Alabama where, for the first time in his life, he finds a home and all the dreams he never knew he had come true. This story is about the way people ought to live, full of love, generosity, and compassion. ...more
5

Sep 19, 2018

Fannie Flagg hits the nail on the head once again, with this utterly charming and sweet novella of hope. She manages to bring you from what could have been a very depressing book to a book filled with warmth, hope, miracles, and forgiveness.

The perfect short read at Christmas...but really perfect for any time of the year if you like a sweet heartfelt novella with well-written characters, a good storyline, excellent recipes (ton's of them!)

This book will have you laughing then weeping then Fannie Flagg hits the nail on the head once again, with this utterly charming and sweet novella of hope. She manages to bring you from what could have been a very depressing book to a book filled with warmth, hope, miracles, and forgiveness.

The perfect short read at Christmas...but really perfect for any time of the year if you like a sweet heartfelt novella with well-written characters, a good storyline, excellent recipes (ton's of them!)

This book will have you laughing then weeping then laughing again.
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5

Nov 14, 2008

What a talented writer. I don't usually enjoy the run of the mill, sappy sweet Christmas stories, but lucky for me this wasn't one of them. While the story is very sweet, it isn't predictable. The characters are varied, and like-able, and the story moves quickly, and stays interesting. A great Christmas story.
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Dec 30, 2016

I read this almost a month ago and it was so unmemorable that I have already forgotten nearly everything about the plot, except that it was entirely predictable and so unrelentingly sweet that I felt I needed an insulin shot before I was done. However, it was pleasant enough to keep me engaged until the end.

Audiobook, read by the author, who does not provide a very polished performance but nevertheless read with warmth and authenticity.
5

Nov 22, 2016

I just love everything Fannie Flagg writes, possibly because I live in a small town and can appreciate her masterful depiction of the rural lifestyle. Perfect for reading in front of the fireplace, or in the bathtub, it tells the story of a dying man who relocates to a town in Alabama to enjoy his few remaining months, and finds companionship and redemption there. Heartwarming, original, cleverly crafted (and some would say just plain sappy), this novel served as a smooth introduction to the I just love everything Fannie Flagg writes, possibly because I live in a small town and can appreciate her masterful depiction of the rural lifestyle. Perfect for reading in front of the fireplace, or in the bathtub, it tells the story of a dying man who relocates to a town in Alabama to enjoy his few remaining months, and finds companionship and redemption there. Heartwarming, original, cleverly crafted (and some would say just plain sappy), this novel served as a smooth introduction to the Christmas season. ...more
4

Feb 09, 2011

I am so glad that I managed to find this gorgeous little book by Fannie Flagg, it really did give me a glow in my heart. Fannie Flagg is one of those authors who makes you believe that miracles really do happen. Her books are just so heartwarming to read and full of surprises and wonder.

This is a rather short book but packed full to the brim of interesting and heartwarming characters. The book begins with Oswald, a depressed former alcoholic who has been given months to live. After reading a I am so glad that I managed to find this gorgeous little book by Fannie Flagg, it really did give me a glow in my heart. Fannie Flagg is one of those authors who makes you believe that miracles really do happen. Her books are just so heartwarming to read and full of surprises and wonder.

This is a rather short book but packed full to the brim of interesting and heartwarming characters. The book begins with Oswald, a depressed former alcoholic who has been given months to live. After reading a brochure given to him by his doctor, he decides to move from the bitter cold of Chicago to the warmer climate of Lost River, Alabama. Oswald is a pitiful character, who cannot see a future to get excited about and it is lovely to see how his whole persona is transformed during his time at Lost River. He changes from someone who cannot see any further than his death to a self made man with a rosy future and an instant family.

Lost River is a town full of Golden Girls and Steel Magnolias. These women are very strong characters and reminded me a lot of the female characters in Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistlestop Cafe. They are self sufficient and help to create a warm welcome to all the lost souls that wander into Lost River.

Two of the main characters within the book are rather unusual leads. Firstly, there is Jack the rare Red Cardinal, which was saved from death by the local shop owner Pat. You cannot help but love Jack as he mixes with the characters in the book. He is loved by all, as he creates havoc. He is especially loved by the second unusual lead character, Patsy, the trailer park child with a crippled leg. Both of these characters will grab hold of your emotions from their first appearance and tie your heartstrings into knots. You cannot help but laugh and cry at their adventures.

This is a truly wonderful heartwarming book. I would love to say I had nothing bad to comment on it, but I do have two minor irritations.

Firstly the copy of the book that I now own had loads of spelling mistakes. Well I think they were spelling mistakes unless drug stores are now known as drag stores. Or maybe the little girl liked to also be known as Pasty!
Now I know I am not always on the ball with my spellings and my grammar, but you can't buy my blog from a book store! I just wish the editors had been a little more meticulous when proofreading the final copy.

Secondly, the ending slightly bothered me. Everything was wrapped up a little too quickly and a little too neatly for my liking. It would have been more enjoyable if the ending had been longer, giving the character's wrap up more of a natural development.

I definitely want to read more by Fannie Flagg and hope to get hold of her other books soon. Perhaps I will have a Fannie Flagg month next year too.
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Dec 28, 2014

I love Fannie Flagg's storytelling. She portrays small southern (U.S.) towns in a heartwarming yet truthful way. This is a sweet, not saccharine, story set in Lost River, Alabama with Christmastime as a thread throughout. It's full of characters, some broken, some not who come together to create an "accidental" family with magic happening along the way.

I always enjoy listening to Flagg tell her own story. It struck me this time that she does not voice the characters as professional narrators I love Fannie Flagg's storytelling. She portrays small southern (U.S.) towns in a heartwarming yet truthful way. This is a sweet, not saccharine, story set in Lost River, Alabama with Christmastime as a thread throughout. It's full of characters, some broken, some not who come together to create an "accidental" family with magic happening along the way.

I always enjoy listening to Flagg tell her own story. It struck me this time that she does not voice the characters as professional narrators would do to differentiate them for the listener, but tells us the story as if she were reading it to us. This audiobook includes an interview with the author about how she came to write and how she approaches developing the characters and story.

Recommended. ...more
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Nov 19, 2016

Everything Fannie Flagg does well as an author, she does in this book. This was a happy, feel-good Christmas story, complete with hope, wonder, and love. The characters were wonderfully quirky and I loved the charm of the hometown feel. I completely enjoyed the journey of this one. This story had many threads woven in. It was about a town, not just an individual. And I loved the idea of the redbird. I think that pushed this to 5 stars.
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Dec 03, 2018

Can I give this a million stars?! This was the BEST and SWEETEST little book ever!!
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Aug 18, 2017

This book was gifted to me by a very dear friend from Pennsylvania. I love receiving books, they bring with them authors I've not heard of them.

This is a heart warming story, based in a small village. It's set around Christmas (but can be read anytime of the year). It's light easy reading, with great bit of humour. Loved it.
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Mar 01, 2018

Fannie Flag is just genius. SO many happy tears.

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Aug 07, 2012

This book is so uplifting, comforting and heartwarming.

I want to spend some time in Lost River, Alabama. I want to meet the characters in this book and share a potluck supper with them.

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Dec 11, 2019

So I see ratings for this book all over the place. I get not every book is made for everybody. Just like ice cream we have more than one choice. It however still surprises me that some people were bored by this book! I absolutely loved it.

To me this book is like the Goldilocks of books. By that I mean this book was not a bubblegum fluff piece (Think 1980s pop music); this book was not heavy fiction way too difficult to understand (like the writing styles of Edgar Allan Poe or Thomas Paine); this So I see ratings for this book all over the place. I get not every book is made for everybody. Just like ice cream we have more than one choice. It however still surprises me that some people were bored by this book! I absolutely loved it.

To me this book is like the Goldilocks of books. By that I mean this book was not a bubblegum fluff piece (Think 1980s pop music); this book was not heavy fiction way too difficult to understand (like the writing styles of Edgar Allan Poe or Thomas Paine); this book was right in the middle. A perfect place to be, in my humble opinion.

This type of story, about small-town America, reminds me of Jan Karon or Miss Read. Even though there are some sad events in this book it is a feel-good book. You will find yourself rooting for every inhabitant of this town. They all have their own story to tell.

I suppose my biggest gripe is that the book ended. I would have loved a book series. I want to know more about each of these lovely town folks.

By the way if you were alive in the 70s you might recognize the author from the game show Match Game or as the nurse in the movie Grease.

I’ve never read another book by this author but if they are anything like this book she has a new fan! ...more
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May 22, 2016

4.5 stars...rounded up to 5 for the warm fuzzies it provided

Maybe it's because it was loaned to me by a friend who labeled it as "one of my favorite books of all time" or maybe it's because I live in Alabama myself or maybe it's because it really is so good...but I loved this book! Heartwarming is the perfect word to describe it. A great Holiday season read for sure, but I still loved it in the month of May. Quirky, sweet characters and yes, a little bit of cliche but it just made me smile (and 4.5 stars...rounded up to 5 for the warm fuzzies it provided

Maybe it's because it was loaned to me by a friend who labeled it as "one of my favorite books of all time" or maybe it's because I live in Alabama myself or maybe it's because it really is so good...but I loved this book! Heartwarming is the perfect word to describe it. A great Holiday season read for sure, but I still loved it in the month of May. Quirky, sweet characters and yes, a little bit of cliche but it just made me smile (and cry at parts)! I will be buying my own copy. If you start feeling down on the human race, read this and restore your faith a little in mankind:) ...more

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