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Be Ready small coverBe Ready for the Lightning
Random House Canada, June 2017

“From acclaimed New Face of Fiction alumna Grace O’Connell, a suspenseful, poignant and provocative tale about violence, sibling love, friendship, heroism all told through the lens of a young woman trapped in a hijacked bus.”

Selected praise for Be Ready for the Lightning:

“With her razor wit and flawless ear for human speech, O’Connell turns the rare trick of writing a novel that reads as though an actual person was sitting next to you telling her story.” — The Globe & Mail

Be Ready for the Lightning totals you with a tidal flow of fear, suspense, affection and the singular brand of sadness that accompanies hard truth told well.” —The National Post

“Ambitious and effective… [O’Connell’s] risk-taking is the source of the novel’s electrifying energy.” —Quill & Quire

“If the Keanu Reeves hit Speed were reincarnated as insightful literary fiction.” —ELLE Canada

“A riveting story of an indelible life… I didn’t want it to end.” —Elan Mastai, author of All Our Wrong Todays

Be Ready for the Lightning is both a gripping page-turner and a heartfelt examination of what it means to be compassionate, even in the most extreme situations. Cinematic and timely, it’s a book you will not be able to put down.” —Zoe Whittall, author of The Best Kind of People

Available via:
Your favourite local bookstore
Indigo (paperback) (Kindle ebook)
Apple ibooks

Magnified WorldMagnified World
Random House Canada, May 2012

A national bestseller
A Globe & Mail best book of 2012

“A debut novel that seduces immediately by force of storytelling.” – the Globe & Mail
“A poignant exploration of love, grief and lucidity.” — 
CBC Books
“An accomplished, decidedly quirky debut novel.” —
the Toronto Star

Available via:

Your favourite local bookstore
Indigo (paperback) (Kindle ebook)
Apple iBookstore

You can read the opening of Magnified World here

Hosting a book club? Check out these Magnified World discussion questions.



“For Ted, Who is Never Coming Back Anymore” (published in the Globe & Mail)
“Noisemakers” (published in The Walrus)
“As Sure as J” (a mini-story published in Sharp Magazine)
“The Many Faces of Montgomery Clift” (published in Taddle Creek and The Journey Prize Stories)
You can also purchase the short story “Mike Mike Mike Mike” for $0.99 from Found Press