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

Named a Top 10 book of 2017 by The Toronto Star

“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
Amazon.ca (paperback)
Amazon.ca (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
Amazon.ca (paperback)
Amazon.ca (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)
“September” (a mini-fiction for FASHION magazine)
You can also purchase the short story “Mike Mike Mike Mike” for $0.99 from Found Press