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Oprah Winfrey announces new book club pick

Oprah Winfrey has chosen Sue Monk Kidd's 'The Invention of Wings',coming out January 7.

Written by PTI | New York | Published: December 11, 2013 9:44:01 am

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 conversation 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. 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,” Winfrey said in a statement.

“I’m thrilled and honoured that Oprah Winfrey chose my novel as her new book club selection. 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,” Kidd,who now lives in Florida,said in a statement.

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 program,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.

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