With the same incomparable style and warm, inviting voice that have made her beloved by millions of readers far and wide, New York Times best-selling 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.
"Flagg makes this down-home story about good neighbors and the power of love sparkle with wit and humor....Flagg is a gifted storyteller who knows how to tug at readers' heartstrings, winding up her satisfying holiday tale with the requisite Christmas miracle." (Publishers Weekly)
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A sad bittersweet story
I really like the way Fannie Flagg turns a phrase. She is down to earth and tells it like it is with zero mincing around. She is what I would call wistfully funny, almost ploddingly so. Over all the story was a good one but be aware that it really isn't a Christmas story. Christmas is a small part of the book--but it really tracks the seasons in the life of a community of people in southern Alabama. Don't get this book thinking it will be a funny, warm, holiday season listen. It just isn't. In fact it was so sad and forlorn in spots that for some listeners it might add to seasonal depressed feelings. So--if you are prone to that experience put it aside and read it another time of year. The message is a good one, very life affirming while encompassing the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Quintessential Fannie Flagg.