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Oprah picks debut novel for book club

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(MEREDITH/AP) -- Oprah Winfrey has picked Imbolo Mbue's debut novel "Behold the Dreamers" as her latest book club selection.

The novel was published in 2016 and won the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction, an honor previously given to Philip Roth and Ann Patchett, among others.

The book tells of an immigrant from Cameroon who becomes the chauffeur for a Lehman Brothers executive not long before the 2008 financial crisis.

Winfrey said in a video released Monday that "Behold the Dreamers" was both topical and timeless.

"It's about race and class, the economy, culture, immigration and the danger of the Us vs. Them mentality," she said. "And underneath it all comes the heart and soul of family, love, the pursuit of happiness and what home really means."

Winfrey has championed other debut works in recent years, including Ayana Mathis' "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" and Cynthia Bond's "Ruby." She began her club in 1996 and has helped dozens of books become best-sellers.

Last year, she provided a major boost to Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad," which went on to receive the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize.

Within hours of Monday's announcement, "Behold the Dreamers" had jumped from No. 2,493 to No. 6 on Amazon.com's best-seller list.

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