When Oswald T. Campbell is told by his doctor that if he doesn't get to a warmer climate for the winter, he'll die, he's not quite sure what to do with himself. He's lonely and bored and doesn't have a soul to love him. Salvation arrives in the form of an old brochure for a health retreat in southern Alabama.
What Oswald finds in Lost River is surprising, most of all to him. After living in Chicago for so long, his the culture shock is overwhelming. As with Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, however, Fannie Flagg makes this all about the quirky personalities and random acts of kindness that should be more treasured than they are, and are often only present, sadly, in works of fiction.
This is a perfect little read for the Christmas season; a beautiful message and certainly undemanding during what are often overwhelmingly busy days. A Redbird Christmas is not perfect as literature (how many Southern towns have absolutely no African-Americans living in them?) but it is a Holiday treat well worth the time it takes to experience it.