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A Redbird Christmas | [Fannie Flagg]

A Redbird Christmas

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2004 Willina Lane Productions; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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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    Maren M. Ernstrom 02-10-08 Listener Since 2006
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    "Delightful!"

    This story was fun from start to finish. There are tender moments and parts when you can't help but laugh out loud. I loved the charming characters and small town descriptions. It is a great story for any time and not just Christmas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Rangel Edmond, OK United States 11-12-07
    Helen Rangel Edmond, OK United States 11-12-07 Member Since 2004
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    "A joy to read"

    Just read it....its great; what a wonderful view of life.

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    Richard Madison, WI, USA 12-26-06
    Richard Madison, WI, USA 12-26-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Nothing Special"

    Predictable and trite. While there are some feel good feelings here, it's very easy to predict everything that will happen and it is over the top at times. There are also some glaring gaps in the logic of the story too. There are better books out there.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Margo Plain City , UT, USA 11-23-06
    Margo Plain City , UT, USA 11-23-06
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    "Great Family Story"

    Loved this Book. Fannie Flagg was the perfect person to read this book. I enjoyed every minute of it and the "family " feel was terrific.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michele P. Wessels SUNMAN, IN, United States 03-12-12
    Michele P. Wessels SUNMAN, IN, United States 03-12-12
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    "Lost in the peace of Redbird"
    Would you listen to A Redbird Christmas again? Why?

    Absolutely. Fannie Flagg reads the story as only she would have intended, building on the characters and spinning the story that transports you to another place and another pace. I suffer from chronic migraine and listening to Fannie Flagg read, transported me away from the pain and lead me into a place so peaceful I could see myself there. The small towns Fannie Flagg creates just seem to beg you to relax and enjoy the day.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story lingered on the characters and scenery just long enough to paint the picture in your imagination before moving you into the next twist of the story. It was never dull. I felt like Evelyn Couch from Fried Green Tomatoes, anxious to get back and hear more of the adventures and discover the mysteries of the sleepy town of Lost River. It really is a story of faith and hope. You will laugh and you may even tear up, but you will feel very uplifted from this story. Everything falls into perfect place, piece by piece despite the curveballs life throws them.


    Which character – as performed by Fannie Flagg – was your favorite?

    I loved all the characters, but would have to say my favorite character was Frances. She had such a big heart and was always thinking of others, plotting sometimes how to make them happy despite themselves. Mind you, minding her own business all the while.


    If you could rename A Redbird Christmas, what would you call it?

    I can't think of a name more appropriate for the story than A Redbird Christmas or a place called Redbird formerly known as Lost River.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tamra Springfield, MO, United States 01-17-12
    Tamra Springfield, MO, United States 01-17-12
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    "Great short trip read"
    Would you listen to A Redbird Christmas again? Why?

    Yes, it was an easy story to listen to on a road trip and short enough to finish on the trip. I like all of Fannie Flagg's books. If you like the Mitford books you would like this.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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