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The Big Door Prize

M.O. Walsh

Warwick’s presents
M.O. Walsh
in conversation with Steven Rowley

The Big Door Prize

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 4:00pm PDT

The Big Door Prize
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This is a virtual event on Facebook Live.

On Wednesday, September 23rd at 4:00pm PDT Warwick's will host M.O. Walsh as he discusses his new book, The Big Door Prize, in conversation with Steven Rowley. 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.

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.

Steven Rowley is the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus, which has been translated into nineteen languages, and The Editor. He has worked as a freelance writer, newspaper columnist, and screenwriter. Originally from Portland, Maine, Rowley is a graduate of Emerson College. He lives in Los Angeles.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780735218482
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Please contact store to confirm availability)
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - September 8th, 2020