Missing Christmas already? Librarian and Riverton resident, Nancy Fort, has a wonderful and warm book, written by the same author as Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe — Fannie Flagg. Nancy recommends, A Redbird Christmas.
I had the great pleasure of picking up my first Fannie Flagg novel over the Christmas holiday. You may know of her from the movie Fried Green Tomatoes that was based on her novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café. A Redbird Christmas has the same type of quirky and lovable characters. The small town of Lost River, Alabama seems stuck in time where neighbors know each other’s business and the biggest news is the size of a fish caught on the river. But just like a pebble tossed into a pond, the arrival of a stranger sets off a string of events that change the lives of many of the town’s residents. Don’t worry, it’s nothing sinister. Part of the reason I chose this novel was because I needed a light-hearted story during the busy holiday season and this novel fit the bill. The characters relationships with each other are ideal. They see each other warts and all but still love and respect each other. They go out of their way to support each other whenever they are needed. It really is idyllic.
If you decide to read this book, I suggest that you pick up the audio CD version narrated by Fannie Flagg herself. Her Southern accent is so sweet and lends another layer to this lovely story.