M. O. Walsh - THE BIG DOOR PRIZE - paperback launch celebration

“One of the most big-hearted books you’ll ever read.” –Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish

Please join us at Octavia Books for a special evening with author M.O. Walsh celebrating the paperback launch of THE BIG DOOR PRIZE.

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. With it's blend of warm-hearted humor, small-town antics, and well-wrought domestic suspense, THE BIG DOOR PRIZE is a major conversation starter and the ideal book for the paperback format, with an immediate appeal to a variety of book clubs.

This will be an in-store event. To reserve your participation, please pre-purchase your copy of the book now from Octavia Books at https://www.octaviabooks.com/book/9780735218505 while using the comment box during checkout to write "attending event." (You may also write in a request a signed copy if you are not attending.)

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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.

Musical Notes: A longtime fan of the late revered musician and songwriter John Prine, Walsh borrowed the title of his new book from the Prine song “In Spite of Ourselves,” which he and his wife chose as their own wedding song. Moreover, Walsh came to think of Prine’s music as a way to structure his novel, naming nearly all the chapters after Prine songs and hoping that Prine’s many fans will enjoy discovering the dozens of allusions to his work seeded throughout the story.


M.O. Walsh’s critically praised first novel, My Sunshine Away, was a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Oxford American, The Southern Review, American Short Fiction, and Best New American Voices, among others. He is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Mississippi and is currently the director of the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans,


Event date: 

Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA
70115
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ISBN: 9780735218505
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 31st, 2021

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.


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$27.00
ISBN: 9780735218482
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - September 8th, 2020

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.


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ISBN: 9780425278109
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 5th, 2016

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"A tantalizing mystery and a tender coming-of-age story...Unputdownable."—Oprah.com


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