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A Bigger Prize by Margaret Heffernan

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CHAPTER 1

Oh, Brother!

“I want the first one!”

As Alice brings in a plate of cake slices, Harry stretches over to grab his piece. He’s wound up, tense, and excited. He’s hungry, of course, but it’s more than that. He doesn’t just want cake. He wants to be the first to get his cake and eat it.

We aren’t in a poor home—there’s no shortage of food. In this comfortable country house with sunny windows and a big open kitchen, there is more than enough warmth and light and cake to go around. Harry’s parents, Alice and Paul Hobbs, are kind, loving, and calm. They’re both lawyers; of the two, Alice had the more dazzling career until she stepped down to ...

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