Fiction – paperback; Vintage; 207 pages; 2005.
As much as I hate the term “heart-warming” I can’t help but use it to describe Fannie Flagg’s delightfully charming tale set in rural Alabama.
Peppered with plenty of kooky characters — four widows, a couple of bachelors, a crippled girl and a tame bird — and a simple plot — 52-year-old city man with only a few months to live moves to warmer climes and gains a second chance at life, while a young girl abandoned by her trailer-trash family falls in love with a red cardinal and is “adopted” by a local woman — A Redbird Christmas is a gentle read that won’t tax your brain matter.
Sure, it’s a little on the sweet side — the epilogue is particularly heavy-handed in the saccharine department — but overall it’s the perfect antidote for the busy yuletide season. Mind you, this novel isn’t overly Christmassy, so would make an ideal light read for any time of year.