If you’re looking for a truly heartwarming tale this holiday season take some time out of your busy schedule to read Fannie Flagg’s A Redbird Christmas. It is the story of 52-year-old Oswald T. Campbell, diagnosed with terminal emphysema, who decides to leave his solitary life behind in cold, damp Chicago to spend his last days in tiny Lost River, Alabama. He meets the ladies of the Mystic Order of the Royal Polka Dots Secret Society, a redbird named Jack, a Creole community and little crippled Patsy Casey. Like a good cup of hot chocolate on a snowy day, the story is both bitter and sweet with a charming ending – perfect for an afternoon’s escape from the craziness of the season.
Recommended for young adults and adults.