When Oprah Winfrey picked Jonathan Franzen’s novel The Corrections for her all-powerful book club in 2001, the novelist’s appearance on her show was canceled after he said that male readers might be “put off by the fact that it is an Oprah pick.” Undeterred, Oprah is reportedly about to add Franzen’s new novel, Freedom, to the long list of books that viewers absolutely have to buy. Since the book is about things Winfrey approves of, such as family, redemption and freedom, it’s the sort of novel the talk show mogul likes to endorse. Even without her help, the critically-praised book is already on the best-seller lists. There is no word on how many men will refrain from buying it after her endorsement.
Oprah forgives Jonathan Franzen
Adds author’s new novel to her list nine years after canceling his appearance on her show