Oprah Chooses Jonathan Franzen's Freedom

Posted by Patrick Brown on September 16, 2010
Is this the calm before the storm?

Those are the book stats for Jonathan Franzen's new novel Freedom, and while they are pretty impressive already (the cover of Time Magazine and a plethora of rave reviews will do that for you), they are about to get downright ridiculous. The Associated Press has confirmed that Oprah Winfrey, the literary world's number one kingmaker, has chosen Freedom as her next book club pick.

It's an odd choice, considering that Franzen created controversy when he declined to let Oprah choose his previous novel, The Corrections, for her book club. Franzen has said that he would "be happy" if Oprah chose his book this time around. In the meantime, it will be fun to watch the stats for this book over the next few weeks. Are you planning to read it? And does Oprah choosing it make you more likely to give it a try?

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message 1: by Curtis (new)

Curtis Schofield oprah's choice means i'm more likely to ignore it.

message 2: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Quick on the draw with the data. I'm impressed!

message 3: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Hajar I'm planning to read it and have ordered FREEDOM through Amazon. Oprah's choice had nothing to do with my reading plan. I ordered the book before news of Oprah's book choice. Of course, an author can't ignore Oprah, even if he's not happy with the Oprah association.

message 4: by Amber (new)

Amber Polo I'm beginning the Audible version. I expected it to be an important an discussed book. So far, I like Strangers at the Feast by Jennifer Vanderbes much better.

message 5: by nobody (last edited Sep 28, 2010 09:20AM) (new)

nobody I don't really let Oprah affect my reading choices. She's had some of the best and some of the worst books ever in her book club. Cormac, Faulkner and Morrison have all been big important selections in her book club, so it certainly can't be all bad can it? I will likely read Freedom at some point, although I don't expect it to be anytime soon, as I have a huge to-read list (at least 300 books, haven't been able to add them all to goodreads even) and also never buy books new.

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