Oprah Likes Edgar

I was just reading about the fact that the world’s greatest bookseller had chosen the next pick for her book club and then — whoa! — I walked into the old neighborhood bookstore and saw copies of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski with the Oprah seal of approval already stamped on them.

“I think this book is right up there with the greatest American novels ever written,” Oprah said. The Oprah Magazine gave reasons behind that assessment: “Wroblewski’s plot is dynamic — page by page compelling — and classical, evoking Hamlet, Antigone, Electra, and Orestes, as Edgar tries to avenge his father’s death and his paternal uncle’s new place in the affections of his mother. The scope of this book, its psychological insight and lyrical mastery, make it one of the best novels of the year, and a perfect, comforting joy of a book for summer.”

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