Oswald is single, with no living family. He is also a life-long resident of Chicago, but he has been told that he will not survive another Christmas in Chicago. As a matter of fact, this is likely to be his last Christmas no matter what he does. In an effort to extend his life just a bit longer, he moves to Lost River, Alabama, a town he’s read is “just as large as Chicago, only we haven’t quite so many houses.” What he finds is a quirky little town filled with characters and very few single men. But, it’s a redbird and a crippled girl who capture his heart.
This is a wonderful, heartwarming story by Fannie Flagg. I picked it up at a rummage sale, and fell in love. I remember Fannie Flagg as an actress and game show celebrity. I knew she’d written one of my favorite movies, Fried Green Tomatoes. Imagine my joy in finding she’d written what has become a favorite Christmas story, too.