As predicted, Oprah’s 59th book club pick is Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 1988 novel Love in the Time of Cholera, according to a press release just sent out by Vintage.
“Cholera” is the second Marquez book Oprah has chosen for her club (the first was 100 Years of Solitude back in 2004). The timing is good: New Line/Stone Village Pictures will release a film adaptation of the book next month.
Industry types first speculated that Love in the Time of Cholera was Oprah’s pick last week, when it was revealed by way of an Amazon listing that the mystery book would be a $14.95 Vintage paperback 368 pages long. With those coordinates, as noted by the publishing blog GalleyCat, the pick had to be either “Cholera” or Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates.
The pick suggests Oprah is once again interested in classics, as she was for two years from 2004 until 2006. Her last three picks—Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and Sidney Poitier’s The Measure of a Man–have been contemporary works.