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Oprah Winfrey's book club: Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad selected

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Oprah’s Book Club has a new addition.

Oprah Winfrey has tapped Colson Whitehead’s novel The Underground Railroad as her latest book club pick, it was announced Tuesday. The book, out now, chronicles the harrowing journey of a slave escaping the antebellum South on the famous Underground Railroad.

“When I got the call, I let out a stream of loud, joyful expletives – which was awkward because my plane had just landed and everyone looked at me like I was crazy,” says Whitehead in a statement. “Oprah has introduced so many wonderful books to people, from The Song of Solomon to The Sound and The Fury, that I’m honored and grateful that The Underground Railroad is joining such great company. You write the best book you can, and hope it finds its way. This is the best kind of sendoff.”

The Underground Railroad follows Cora, an outcast among slaves, who makes the daring chose to escape her brutal circumstance in Georgia. Seeking out the Underground Railroad, Cora finds herself facing unexpected challenges on her path to freedom.

Winfrey launched her Book Club 2.0 in 2012, a year after her daytime talk show ended its 25-year run. Before The Underground Railroad, her latest pick was Cynthia Bond’s Ruby, a novel about two women from a small Texas town finding their way through life. 

Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad  is now available for purchase at via Oprah’s Book Club.