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new book club pick
Here s something to pre-order for the holidays:
Oprah Winfrey s new book club pick.
Winfrey has chosen Sue Monk Kidd s The Invention
of Wings, coming out January 7. An interview with
Kidd will appear in the upcoming edition of O: The
Oprah Magazine, which arrives December 17. A con-
versation with Kidd will air next year at a date to
be determined on the talk-show host s Super Soul
Sunday, on OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network).
Kidd s novel, a 19th-century narrative featuring
real and fictional characters, weaves together the
stories of a slave girl and a slave owner s daughter.
Like Kidd s million-selling The Secret Life of Bees,
the book is set in South Carolina, where the 65-year-
old author lived for many years.
"The moment I finished The Invention of Wings,
I knew this had to be the next book club selection,"
Winfrey said in a statement released Tuesday. "These
strong female characters represent the women that
have shaped our history and, through Sue s imaginative
storytelling, give us a new perspective on slavery,
injustice and the search for freedom."
"I m thrilled and honoured that Oprah Winfrey
chose my novel as her new book club selection, Kidd,
who now lives in Florida, said in a statement. "After
researching and writing The Invention of Wings for
the past four years, I can t tell you how exciting it
is to launch the novel with Oprah s Book Club 2.0."
Winfrey founded her book club in 1996 and quickly
established herself as a reliable hit maker, whether
choosing debut works such as Lalita Tademy s Cane
River or old favourites such as John Steinbeck s East
of Eden. She suspended her club in 2011, after ending
her syndicated programme, but relaunched it in 2012
as Oprah s Book Club 2.0, with a stronger emphasis
on digital technology.
The Invention of Wings is Winfrey s third choice
for the 2.0 club, and her first since selecting Ayana
Mathis The Twelve Tribes of Hattie almost exactly
a year ago. She had been expected to make picks
more frequently, but she also seeks the "perfect fit,"
according to the books editor for O, Leigh Haber.
"She s looking for something she can genuinely
fall in love with, endorse, that will offer a point of
conversation for her readers," Haber said. "And with
this book she found it."
With a best-seller almost guaranteed, publisher
Viking has announced a print run of 320,000 copies.
The Invention of Wings is Kidd s first novel since
The Mermaid Chair was released in 2009, when the
digital market was still tiny. At least half of total sales
for popular novels often come through the e-book
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