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A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
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Jul 08, 10

Recommended for: anyone
Read in July, 2010

This is just a plain old fashioned heartwarming story, fast paced and a refreshing escape from some of the "oh so serious" issues of today. I loved the dialog, rich descriptions of the South and the characters. You will laugh, you will cry and be chilled with inspiration. Enter Oswald T. Campbell--Chicago native, orphan, divorced, practically penniless alcoholic, recently diagnosed with a terminal illness and given only months to live. His doctor encourages Oswald to move to the South to escape the pollution, crowds and cold weather in order to enjoy his last remaining time on this earth. Oswald reluctantly agrees and is welcomed by the friendly folks from the sleepy town of Lost River in Baldwin Co., Alabama. While there he becomes interested in birds and nature as well as befriending a little handicapped homeless girl named Patsy who captures the hearts of the townspeople. Roy the grocery saves a BB riddled baby cardinal's life, however he'll never be able to fly so the "redbird" is raised in the store. Patsy names him Jack and claims him as her best friend. I won't spoil the story with any more details. You will have to see for yourself what is in store for Oswald, Patsy and Jack. Beautiful story plus there are some great Southern recipes at the back of the book.
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