A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg is a light little tale that extols the virtues of small town communities. Healing is a central theme of this book as the main character, Oswald Campbell must move south to a warmer climate to extend his life, which is threatened by emphasema. But it is not only physical ailments that take their toll on Mr. Campbell. An orphan named after a can of soup, he has no one in his life except for a kind ex-wife whom he does not wish to bother. He lives off of government pension and only gets out of his tiny apartment to attend AA meetings. Moving to Lost River, Oswald is given the opportunity to be a part of a close community of people which heals his ailments and mends his soul.