Cynthia Bond’s Novel “Ruby” Appears On Oprah’s Book Club

February 10, 2015  |  

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From The Grio 

From the very first sentence, Oprah Winfrey loved what became her latest book club pick.

“I thought, ‘Wow, this is so good I have to wait until I actually have the time to absorb the language,’” said Winfrey, during a recent telephone interview with The Associated Press, of Cynthia Bond’s novel “Ruby.”

“I put it down and waited until I was in bed with the flu to start reading it. I found the language and descriptions so vividly compelling that sometimes I would have to take a breath and repeat the sentences out loud.”

Winfrey’s choice, coming out in paperback Tuesday and announced to the AP, is a debut novel published last year to positive reviews and moderate sales. Bond’s publisher, Hogarth, understandably expects that to change and has commissioned a paperback printing of 250,000 copies. The hardcover currently has 20,000 copies in print, according to Hogarth, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and is available as an e-book. As with Winfrey’s three previous picks since relaunching her club as “Oprah’s Book Club 2.0″ in 2012, she will focus on online promotion, through her own website ( and through Twitter, Instagram and other social media.

Read more about Cynthia Bond’s novel, “Ruby” at 

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