Author, Book review, Fannie Flagg, Fiction, general, literary fiction, Publisher, Setting, USA, Vintage

‘A Redbird Christmas’ by Fannie Flagg


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.

3 thoughts on “‘A Redbird Christmas’ by Fannie Flagg”

  1. Heartwarming is definitely the word for this book! It’s probably a little too sweet for my normal reading but I did really like it when I read it!


  2. Marg, I don’t normally read books like this, but I seem to be on a roll lately — I’ve read four heartwarming books in a row now! This one is particularly sugary, but I couldn’t put it down.
    Brandon, this is my first Fannie Flagg, but it won’t be my last, if this book is indicative of her other stuff. Hope you have a great Christmas too!


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