Following Oprah's lead

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After the phenomenal success of one of Oprah's recent giveaways — free downloads of Suze Orman's book, Women & Money — Random House has decided to do the same thing with Charles Bock's debut novel, Beautiful Children.

Beautiful Children

Orman's book was available for download for 33 hours earlier this month— enough time for 1 million copies to fly through cyberspace and for the paperback version of the 2007 title to hit Amazon.com's top 10.

Beautiful Children takes place in Las Vegas, where a 12-year-old boy goes out with a friend one day and doesn't come home, sending his parents into a tailspin and connecting a motley group of strangers.

Fellow author Jonathan Safran Foer had this to say about Bock's debut: "Beautiful Children careens from the seedy to the beautiful, the domestic to the epic, all with a huge and exacting heart."

Beautiful Children is available through Friday at www.beautifulchildren.net/read, with a free electronic edition also available through online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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