Oprah Winfrey speaks in Whitesboro, N.J. Satuday, Aug. 30, 2008. Winfrey is scheduled to be the keynote speaker Saturday at the annual festival in Whitesboro, a tiny, rural community founded in 1901 as a settlement for blacks leaving the South. (AP Photo/MJ Schear)
CHICAGO - Sure to make one of the summer's hottest reads even hotter, Oprah Winfrey has chosen David Wroblewski's "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" as her latest book club pick.
"It's everything you want a book to be," Winfrey said in a statement Friday about the 500-page debut novel, the same day she made the announcement on her Chicago-based TV show, "The Oprah Winfrey Show." "I think this book is right up there with the greatest American novels ever written."
"Edgar Sawtelle," which is already selling briskly, will certainly get one of the greatest boosts that any novel can get these days: a sticker on the cover proclaiming it is one of Winfrey's book club selections.
"Edgar Sawtelle," which Wroblewski worked on for more than a decade, is the story of a mute boy who communicates best with his dogs. Wroblewski grew up in rural Wisconsin, the setting for his book, and now lives near Denver with his partner, writer Kimberly McClintock.
In a news release, the program said Wroblewski will take part in a live Q&A webcast with Winfrey and some book club members. A date hasn't been announced.