Hello Book Club Friends!
I'm so excited to announce our first Book Club Selection of 2004! It is a HUGE book—the favorite of writers, readers, and even celebrities around the world. And I assure you, it is a reader's read!

Brace yourselves—One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez is as steamy, dense and sensual as the jungle that surrounds the surreal town of Macondo!

Elaborating on real stories from his own family history, García Márquez breathes life into a wild, wonderful, mythical cast of characters in One Hundred Years of Solitude. You'll encounter strong men driven mad by their pursuit of knowledge…women who love life too much to die…butterflies that follow lovers…ghosts who refuse to leave…and so much more.

Magic permeates everyday life in Macondo—and is accepted without the blink of an eye. But One Hundred Years of Solitude is not a fairy tale. There is pain and suffering, angst and frustration, war and forgiveness, loss and heartache. The relationships among six generations of the Buendía family reflect the mythology of all our lives, and the drama of an entire culture.

There is so much to find in this novel! Reality and magic, men and women, politics and love, past, present and future. For Márquez, time—like the lines between reality and magic—is blurry. With each branch of the family tree, with every repetition of a name, it seems the Buendías are cursed to repeat their forbearers' mistakes.

I'm delighted to share this novel with you! It is a work I hope you will savor with every one of your senses. And we've only just begun!

Turn to page one: "Many years later, as he face the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice…"

Let the magic begin…and let it take you away!

— Oprah