Remember the other day when I was talking about how David Sheff and Beautiful Boy were all Oprah-y and Jonathan Franzen and Freedom were not?
Sorry, Reading for Robin readers, I spoke too soon.
Two weeks after that post, I very much take it back. In fact, Jonathan Franzen has one-upped David Sheff when it comes to Oprah-ness. While Sheff discussed his book in an episode with his son, Franzen’s book was chosen for Oprah’s book club.
You may recall that I mentioned that Oprah picked Franzen’s earlier book, The Corrections, only to have him make some negative comments and her to pull the book from the book club. Well, it seems all has been forgiven and forgotten.
In the announcement she made on the show (it went a little like this “FREEEEEDOOOOM”), I believe Oprah used the words “masterpiece” and “the best novel you will ever read.” A pretty good endorsement, I’d say.
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