‘Nightcrawling:’ Leila Mottley novel is Oprah’s book club pick

A spokesman for Winfrey said Leila Mottley was the youngest author ever selected to join Oprah’s Book Club, founded in 1996.

NEW YORK – Oprah Winfrey has chosen 19-year-old Leila Mottley’s “Nightcrawling,” a debut novel about a young black woman from East Oakland and her struggles against poverty, racism and the police, as her next book club.

A spokesman for Winfrey said Mottley was the youngest author ever selected to join Oprah’s Book Club, founded in 1996.

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“It brings me great pleasure to introduce new authors to readers, and this young poet Leila Mottley has written a profound portrait of survival and hope,” Winfrey said in a statement Tuesday.

Born and raised in Oakland, Mottley was the city’s 2018 Young Adult Poet Award recipient. Her book was published on Tuesday and received praise from the likes of James McBride and Tommy Orange. Kirkus Reviews called “Nightcrawling” a “beautiful and poetic” evocation of “the underclass and throwaway women just trying to survive.”

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Mottley said in a statement that she was “absolutely floored when Ms Winfrey showed up” during what she considers an ordinary publishing meeting.

“That was the surprise of your life!” she added.

Winfrey will be speaking with Mottley at an interactive book club event on OprahDaily.com on June 30th. Since starting her book club, Winfrey has alternated frequently between authors as established as Toni Morrison and Richard Powers and such first authors as Mottley, Imbolo Mbue and Cynthia Bond.

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