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Lighthouse member hits literary jackpot

…only through good work, not luck!  Check ‘er out:

Oprah Winfrey selects

David Wroblewski’s

novel for book club

NEW YORK – Oprah Winfrey announced Friday she’d chosen David Wroblewski’s “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” as her latest book club pick, calling the debut novel a classic and the “best novel I’ve read in a long, long, long time.”

“I think this book is right up there with the greatest American novels ever written, I really do,” said Winfrey at the end of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Winfrey raved for several minutes about the novel, comparing it to the work of John Steinbeck and even, she said, Harper Lee, author of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

“I will say that, yes I said it,” Winfrey said.

The novel is already one of the summer’s hottest reads and is this week ranked ninth on The New York Times best-seller list. It is certain to get a lot hotter with one of the biggest boosts any book can get these days: a little sticker on the cover proclaiming “Edgar Sawtelle” as one of Winfrey’s book club selections.

“When you read it you will understand why I had to choose it,” Winfrey told her audience. “It is so engaging, so gripping, so epic that I wanted absolutely everybody to share the joy of the story of Edgar Sawtelle.”

“Edgar Sawtelle,” which Wroblewski worked on for about a decade, is the story of a mute boy who communicates best with his dogs. Wroblewski grew up in rural Wisconsin, the setting for his book, and now lives near Denver with his partner, writer Kimberly McClintock.

Wroblewski appeared via satellite on Friday’s program, telling Winfrey from his home in Colorado about writing the book in restaurants and waiting areas and at picnic tables whenever he could, as he worked full-time as a software developer.

There’s more.

Don’t forget that David Wroblewski is presenting at our Lighthouse Writers Buzz on November 22, 4:30, Forest Room 5 The Lab at Belmar. Check out events page here.

2 comments on “Lighthouse member hits literary jackpot

  1. Lisa Kenney
    September 19, 2008

    I was up until 3 this morning reading THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE, and I’ll probably be up half the night again tonight. The time and care that went into writing is clear. Between chapters I find myself stepping back to marvel over how every scene, every paragraph and every sentence is exactly right. I admire the author’s patience and have complete respect for his obvious desire to write the best book possible. I applaud all of his success. Save me a seat in November, PLEASE!

  2. Sarah Ockler
    September 21, 2008

    I was on vacation earlier this month and 2 of the people we were with read it and raved raved raved about it. I had no idea David was one of LWW’s own! So cool! Congrats, David!!!

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