Oswald T Campbell is a loser. He's an alcoholic, has emphysema but still sneaks a smoke, his ex-wife is his only friend and his doctor has just told him he only only a few months to live. In order to prolong his life, Oswald moves to a small town in Alabama. Again, Fannie Flagg has created a townful of quirky characters including Jack, the redbird who lives in a small grocery store. In this sentimental tale, Oswald grows to love the town and its citizens especially a small child named Patsy who has been abandoned by drifters. In an effort to get Patsy the medical attention she needs, Oswald and the town grow even closer together with a culminating event right after Christmas. Yes, it's predictable and super sweet; but at Christmas time, it fit right into my mood and gave me a good Yuletide lift.