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The Big Door Prize

(2020)
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The New York Times bestselling author of My Sunshine Away returns with another instant Southern classic: a gripping and heartfelt novel about a mysterious machine that upends a small Louisiana town, asking us all to wonder if who we truly are is who we truly could be.

What would you do if you knew your life's potential? That's the question facing the residents of Deerfield, Louisiana, when the DNAMIX machine appears in their local grocery store. It's nothing to look at, really--it resembles a plain photo booth. But its promise is amazing: With just a quick swab of your cheek and two dollars, the device claims to use the science of DNA to tell you your life's potential. With enough credibility to make the townspeople curious, soon the former teachers, nurses, and shopkeepers of Deerfield are abruptly changing course to pursue their destinies as magicians, cowboys, and athletes--including the novel's main characters, Douglas Hubbard and his wife, Cherilyn, who both believed they were perfectly happy until they realized they could dream for more...

Written with linguistic grace and a sense of wonder, The Big Door Prize sparkles with keen observations about what it might mean to stay true to oneself while honoring the bonds of marriage, friendship, and community, and how the glimmer of possibility can pull these bonds apart, bring them back together, and make second chances possible, even under the strangest of circumstances.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"The lives of a couple facing their mid-life crisis and a young man coming of age intersect in this humorous and hopeful novel. M.O. Walsh has never been afraid to go down into the darkest places of the human heart, but his truthfulness is balanced by a beautiful optimism, just as his sharp humor is leavened by his genuine affection for the layered, vital characters he creates. A wise, wry, twisty, and entertaining tale. I loved it." - Joshilyn Jackson

"The characters in The Big Door Prize are familiar yet curious--so much like my own neighbors that I began to weave myself into the story, considering other lives I might live if I were braver, pluckier. Walsh's novel is the ideal summer read, an immersive escape as well as a brilliant examination of free will vs. determinism." - Mary Miller

"Part mystery, all charm. The big prize here is for readers: a heartwarming and eccentric page-turner in the grand tradition of Southern literature that will keep you wondering until the very end. Walsh writes his characters with great respect to prove we're never too old to discover new things about ourselves." - Steven Rowley

"Think of The Big Door Prize as a beautiful box full of all the things that compose our lives: love, fate, chance, jealousy, sadness, jokes, desire, and music. M.O. Walsh gives us all this and more, page after page, until we feel as if we know a little bit more about everything there is worth knowing. One of the most big-hearted books you'll ever read, about so much, but, in the end, really about the secret of life: the specifics of caring." - Daniel Wallace


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Hardback Editions

September 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Big Door Prize
Author(s): M O Walsh
ISBN: 0-7352-1848-X / 978-0-7352-1848-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Paperback Editions

September 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Big Door Prize (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): M O Walsh
ISBN: 0-593-28606-5 / 978-0-593-28606-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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September 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Big Door Prize
Author(s): M O Walsh
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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September 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Big Door Prize
Author(s): M O Walsh
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September 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Big Door Prize
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September 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Big Door Prize
Author(s): M O Walsh
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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September 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Big Door Prize
Author(s): M O Walsh
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU