The Big Door Prize

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Penguin, 2020 - FICTION - 384 pages
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.

 

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
19
Section 3
28
Section 4
42
Section 5
53
Section 6
64
Section 7
75
Section 8
89
Section 18
225
Section 19
234
Section 20
239
Section 21
246
Section 22
262
Section 23
283
Section 24
290
Section 25
302

Section 9
104
Section 10
118
Section 11
133
Section 12
168
Section 13
178
Section 14
188
Section 15
206
Section 16
213
Section 17
220
Section 26
311
Section 27
327
Section 28
338
Section 29
349
Section 30
355
Section 31
360
Section 32
369
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About the author (2020)

M.O. Walsh's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Oxford American, The Southern Review, and Best New American Voices, among others. His novel My Sunshine Away was a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. He is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Mississippi and currently directs the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans.

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