Sunday, December 06, 2009

118. A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg

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. 
Rating:  4.25


  1. I started reading this exact book a few weeks ago to one of my hospice patients and was quickly taken in. I was disappointed when I went back the next week and the patient wasn't in the mood to be read to. I think I'm going to have to buy this one to find out what happens.

  2. Loved this book. I listened to this one on CD and Fannie Flagg herself read it. She did a great job.