Oprah's Book Club Picks Jonathan Franzen, Again

Proving that time heals all wounds, Oprah has chosen Jonathan Franzen's Freedom as the next selection for her wildly successful book club. This isn't the first time Winfrey has bestowed the honor on Franzen--she picked his last novel, The Corrections, back in 2001, which set off a spat between the two of them. Franzen expressed his displeasure at being part of the club, and Winfrey canceled his appearance on the show.

But by choosing Freedom, Winfrey shows there's no bad blood between her and Franzen:

Winfrey's decision tells a story she loves well, one of redemption, and cites a book that itself redeems a troubled Minnesota-based family. Released in late August, "Freedom" was virtually canonized by critics before publication and has been topping best-seller lists even without Oprah's approval. Franzen was the subject of a Time Magazine cover story, titled "Great American Novelist," and anticipation was so great that President Obama secured an early copy while visiting a bookstore on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.

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Eleanor Barkhorn is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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