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The Big Door Prize

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The Big Door Prize by M. O. Walsh
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Sep 08, 2020 | ISBN 9780735218482

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“Walsh skirts the edge of fantasy in this playful and touching tale….The novel transcends its quirky premise, offering many insights on the mysteries of the human heart.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“It’s hard to believe that Walsh wrote this moving novel long before the COVID-19 pandemic, for there is eerie prescience in its soulful message that gratitude and grace are not to be taken for granted and that life can be upended in an instant.” Booklist (starred review)

“An eccentric, well-written small-town novel jam-packed with appealing characters and their dreams.” Kirkus Reviews 

“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, author of Extraordinary Adventures and Big Fish

“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, author of Never Have I Ever

“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, author of Biloxi and Always Happy Hour

“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, author of The Editor and Lily and the Octopus 

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