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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (3 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009949048X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099490487
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fannie Flagg began writing and producing television specials at age nineteen and went on to distinguish herself as an actress and writer in television, films, and the theater.

She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (which was produced by Universal Pictures as Fried Green Tomatoes), Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!, Standing in the Rainbow, and A Redbird Christmas.

Flagg's script for Fried Green Tomatoes was nominated for both the Academy and Writers Guild of America awards and won the highly regarded Scripters Award.

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"A gentle tale that makes for a good read at any time, not just Christmas" (Glasgow Herald)

"A wonderful book ...oozing with goodness and charm... Absurdly satisfying" (Julie Myerson Guardian)

"A born storyteller" (New York Times)

"Gentle and poignant...Use a hankie as a bookmark" (Daily Mail)

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An irresistible tale of enchantment and miracles at Christmas, with all of Fannie Flagg's inimitable charm and humour.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Dec. 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book to curl up & read, especially when it is cold & rainy outside. Make yourself a hot chocolate, snuggle up and lose yourself in the residents of Lost River who are all eccentric, caring & full of kindness.
The Guardian review did make much of the 'sappy tale', but it did also (rightly) say that despite the plot synopsis it is never overly sentimental. This is in the same style of Fannie Flaggs other books, so if you like those, you are also sure to like this.
In summary, this is a great book to read in the week before Christmas...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. Chatzakis on 2 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
I read this book and couldn't put it down. From the moment I started it I fell in love with the characters and felt like I knew the places where they lived. It's a real feel good, warm & cosy book. Everyone I've lent it to loves it too. This book turned me into a Fannie Flagg fan!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Boof VINE VOICE on 9 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
What a wonderful book to curl up with during the christmas period; heartwarming, kind and a pure breath of fresh air. Just what I needed to escape during the christmas period.
There's not much more I can say, it's so sweet and simple and just lovely and a welcome relief from the real world.
Settle down with a glass of mulled wine and enjoy!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Woollard VINE VOICE on 1 Mar. 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Since I first watched "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" as a movie on TV (I later bought the book and the DVD from Amazon!) and became appreciative of Fannie Flagg's other wonderful works, I was convinced that nothing could surpass that amusing and exciting story of long-lost times in 'The South.' It was always evident that the author was in love with that region of the United States and her descriptive passages may be relied upon to evoke the very special atmosphere and feelings of 'small-town' Southern locations and their inhabitants. Her latest offering - "A Redbird Christmas" - is in the same vein, but also very different, in that, whilst mainly again set in 'The South,' it is a delightfully charming and moving tale that falls firmly into the 'couldn't put it down' category. It is a short book (only 207 pages) and I read it in one long evening, but I just loved it for its portrayal of the very best of human nature and for its restoring of faith in fundamental decency. The characters are not 'larger than life': they are all too real and with many inherent human faults, but their qualities and the exceptional writing shine in a manner that leaves the reader happy and joyful. "A Redbird Christmas" is well up there with Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" and would be a steal at double the price: I cannot wait for more triumphant tomes from Fannie Flagg!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Airey on 2 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
What a wonderful book - this has to be ranked as one of my favourite books. Yes, ok it gives you the feel good factor, but there's a super lesson on life in the book - one that is so lacking in today's world where good old fashioned values - consideration, care and just looking out for your friends and neighbours just doesn't seem to be happening anymore. I sure wish i lived in Lost River.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By love reading TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a very simply written book. It is twee and sugary sweet but I really enjoyed it. It made me feel cosy. It is lovely to read at Christmas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. E. Hocking on 30 May 2008
Format: Paperback
One of the nicest books I have read in years, no one thing I could complain about, except to say it just wasn't long enough.
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By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
I am so glad that I managed to find this gorgeous little book by Fannie Flagg, it really did give me a glow in my heart. Fannie Flagg is one of those authors who makes you believe that miracles really do happen. Her books are just so heartwarming to read and full of surprises and wonder.

This is a rather short book but packed full to the brim of interesting and heartwarming characters. The book begins with Oswald, a depressed former alcoholic who has been given months to live. After reading a brochure given to him by his doctor, he decides to move from the bitter cold of Chicago to the warmer climate of Lost River, Alabama. Oswald is a pitiful character, who cannot see a future to get excited about and it is lovely to see how his whole persona is transformed during his time at Lost River. He changes from someone who cannot see any further than his death to a self made man with a rosy future and an instant family.

Lost River is a town full of Golden Girls and Steel Magnolias. These women are very strong characters and reminded me a lot of the female characters in Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistlestop Cafe. They are self sufficient and help to create a warm welcome to all the lost souls that wander into Lost River.

Two of the main characters within the book are rather unusual leads. Firstly, there is Jack the rare Red Cardinal, which was saved from death by the local shop owner Pat. You cannot help but love Jack as he mixes with the characters in the book. He is loved by all, as he creates havoc. He is especially loved by the second unusual lead character, Patsy, the trailer park child with a crippled leg. Both of these characters will grab hold of your emotions from their first appearance and tie your heartstrings into knots.
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