When she started the book club about 30 years ago, Oprah Winfrey They were sometimes notified by looking for the author’s phone number in a phone book (telephone directories were common at the time) and calling them.

Winfrey broke the news to author Nathan Hill in a modern twist about her latest pick: She arranged to appear on a Zoom meeting with his publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, and told Hill, whose novel “Health” she chose, is a comprehensive novel. A 600-page story about a troubled married couple in Chicago.

exist a video According to The Associated Press, Hill is talking to his publicist at Knopf about anticipation and publicity for “Health,” which opens this week. A new box suddenly appeared, and inside was Winfrey, holding Hill’s novel in front of her.

“I had an idea, why not pick it up for Oprah’s Book Club?” she said.

“You’re kidding me,” Hill replied in surprise.

“What. A book!” Winfrey told him, adding that the novel made her nostalgic for Chicago, where she used to film her talk show. “You are an incredible writer for our time and you are able to do that with your language and your words. It is so powerful and so moving.”

“Healthy” is the 102nd selection for Winfrey’s book club and her first since choosing it herself chosen “Water Covenant” by Abraham Verghese in May. Announcing her selection on Tuesday, Winfrey called Hill’s book “a modern take on love, marriage and society’s obsession with improving nearly every aspect of our lives, as well as the impact of technology and social media on our culture and lives.” Influence.”

Winfrey added: “This brilliant novel will make you think about the truth about your own lives and the stories we tell ourselves and each other.”

“Health” is Hill’s first book since her critically acclaimed 2016 debut “The Knick.” “The Knick,” about a man’s quest to learn more about his long-lost mother, won the Los Angeles Times Book Award for best debut novel.

oprah daily.comis the online hub for the Winfrey Book Club and will include more detailed information about Hill and her work.

“Oprah Winfrey’s breakdown on a Zoom meeting to tell me that she had chosen my novel for her book club will go down as the biggest and most surreal shock of my life,” Hill said in a statement. “Thank you Oprah for this honor and for her support of writers over the years. Her book club is a gift to readers, including some of my own literary idols. It’s such a joy to be in such company It’s humbling and refreshing.”

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