Oprah Mends Fences With Novelist Who Dissed Her

Jonathan Franzen's 'Freedom' lands coveted book club slot
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2010 10:52 AM CDT
Oprah Mends Fences With Novelist Who Dissed Her
The cover of "Freedom," by Jonathan Franzen. Nine years after picking Franzen's "The Corrections" for her book club and then disinviting him, Oprah Winfrey has chosen the new novel for her book club.   (AP Photo/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, File)

(Newser) – Nine years after Oprah Winfrey chose Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections for her book club, and the "uncomfortable" novelist talked his way out of appearing on her show, he's getting another chance, reports the New York Post. The media magnate's people won't confirm the Oprah's Book Club selection—likely the last, because her show is ending—but multiple booksellers tell the AP the highly touted Freedom will get the nod tomorrow.

Franzen evidently figured out where he went wrong. " I made the mistake of trying to say complicated things when I should have been saying simple things in the runup to my appearance on the show," he told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I think she may have overreacted a little bit, but understandably. "
(Read more Oprah Winfrey stories.)

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