Heres something to pick up during early January sales: Oprah Winfreys new book club pick.
Winfrey has chosen Sue Monk Kidds The Invention of Wings, coming out Jan. 7. An interview with Kidd appears in the Dec. 17 edition of O: The Oprah Magazine, and a conversation with Kidd will air next year at a date to be determined on the talk-show hosts Super Soul Sunday on OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network).
Kidds novel, a 19th-century narrative featuring real and fictional characters, weaves together the stories of a slave girl and a slave owners daughter. Like Kidds 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, Winfrey said in a statement. These strong female characters represent the women that have shaped our history and, through Sues imaginative storytelling, give us a new perspective on slavery, injustice and the search for freedom.
Winfrey founded her book club in 1996 and quickly established herself as a reliable hit maker, whether choosing debut works such as Lalita Tademys Cane River or old favorites such as John Steinbecks East of Eden. She suspended her club in 2011 after ending her syndicated program, but relaunched it in 2012 as Oprahs Book Club 2.0, with a stronger emphasis on digital technology.
The Invention of Wings is Winfreys third choice for the 2.0 club, and her first since selecting Ayana Mathis The Twelve Tribes of Hattie almost a year ago. She had been expected to make picks more frequently, but she also seeks the perfect fit, according to the books editor for O, Leigh Haber.
With a best-seller almost guaranteed, publisher Viking has announced a print run of 320,000 copies. The Invention of Wings is Kidds first novel since The Mermaid Chair was released in 2009, when the digital market was still tiny. At least half of total sales for popular novels often come through the e-book edition.