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article image'The Story of Edgar Sawtelle' Is Oprah's Choice For Her Book Club Honors

By Saikat Basu     Sep 20, 2008 in Entertainment
Oprah Winfrey picks a debut novel set on a bucolic Wisconsin farm as the latest entrant to her book club. A story of a mute boy and his dog.
It took 10 years for author David Wroblewski to pen his first novel but success may take a short cut as influential U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey picked it up as her latest book club book of choice.
Oprah on Friday chose 'The Story of Edgar Sawtelle' by David Wroblewski for her book club, saying,
"I think this book is right up there with the greatest American novels ever written, I really do. When you read it you will understand why I had to choose it. It is so engaging, so gripping, so epic that I wanted absolutely everybody to share the joy of the story of Edgar Sawtelle."
The coming-of-age novel is set on a northern Wisconsin farm in the 1970s and was described as tale of a mute boy named Edgar and the special bond he shares with his dog Almondine, interweaving mystery and family intrigue into the story.
Winfrey, said the book was part mystery and cautioned viewers to avoid reading the inside cover because she felt that gave away too much of the story.
Oprah's book club incidentally is the biggest in the world with 2 million online members and books chosen for Oprah's book club invariably skyrockets to the top of U.S. bestseller lists. Though, even without Oprah's thumbs up the book seems to be doing well on its own. This week it ranked ninth on The New York Times best-seller list. Oprah's endorsement would help to lift it into the stratosphere.
The author, who was born in 1959, was raised in rural central Wisconsin, not far from where "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" is set. He now lives in Colorado with his partner, writer Kimberly McClintock. He worked on the book at restaurants and waiting areas whenever he could steal some time from his work as full-time as a full time software developer.
In a reaction he said,
"I expected there would be a few readers out there who would connect with it, but what happened this summer was not on my radar at all."
Oprah compared the book to all time classics such as those written by John Steinbeck and "To Kill a Mockingbird."
Should be a good read.
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