By Joshua Rich
Updated March 28, 2007 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Kudos to Oprah Winfrey for making Cormac McCarthy’s bleak fable The Road her latest book club selection! While the media empress has certainly gone dark on occasion (think: James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces, even if it was partly made up), this is quite a daring choice indeed.

The novel — a bestseller, critical favorite, Pulitzer Prize contender, and EW’s favorite fiction book of 2006concerns a father and son wandering through a postapocalyptic wilderness, and in doing so offers all sorts of frank metaphorical commentary on the world we live in. Better still, it comes from an author, McCarthy, who is widely believed to be among America’s best — and who rarely grants interviews. Thus, Oprah’s upcoming chat with the 73-year-old scribe certainly will be must-see TV.

But will people bite? While Oprah is a real hero for encouraging millions to read, The Road is unlike anything her legion has seen before — it’s hardly light literature and there’s little uplift in it. Are you prepared to pick up a copy?

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