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Book Title: Be Ready for the Lightning|
The author of the book: Grace O'Connell
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780345811776
The size of the: 7.86 MB
Edition: Random House Canada
Date of issue: June 6th 2017
Read full description of the books Be Ready for the Lightning: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.
On the surface, Veda's life in Vancouver seems to be going just fine--at nearly thirty, she has a good job, lifelong friends, and a close bond with her brother, Conrad. But Conrad's violent behavior, a problem since he was a teen, is getting more and more serious, and Veda's ongoing commitment to watch out for him is pushing her to a breaking point.
When Veda is injured as a bystander during one of Conrad's many fights, she knows it's time to leave Vancouver for a fresh start. She heads to New York, staying in the Manhattan apartment of old friends Al and Marie. Exploring the city, she swings between feeling hopeful and lost--until one day the bus she's on is hijacked by a sweet-faced gun-toting man named Peter. He instructs Veda and the other passengers to spray paint the bus windows black, and what ensues is a gripping and unpredictable hostage situation, the outcome of which will make Veda question everything she knows about herself and the nature of fear.
Told with powerful immediacy and warmth, at once unsettling and engrossing, Be Ready for the Lightning is a story of violence, its attractions and repulsions; of love, loyalty and friendship; and of a young woman finding an unexpected kind of bravery.
Read information about the authorI’m a Toronto-based writer and editor and the author of Magnified World (Random House, 2012). I’m represented by Martha Magor Webb at McDermid & Associates and my publicist is Ruta Liormonas at McClelland & Stewart.
My work has appeared in publications including The Walrus, Taddle Creek, the Globe & Mail, the National Post, Quill & Quire and the Journey Prize Stories. I’ve been nominated for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award and two National Magazine Awards for fiction. Previously, I taught creative writing at George Brown College and I now teach at the University of Toronto. I also write a books column for This Magazine, work as a freelance writer, ride a crummy but beloved bike named Billy and chase after cats on the sidewalk to pet them.
I love to write about the ways in which people know and don’t know each other, ways in which we try to be happy, the lies and memories and homes we build and destroy and re-build, and the two big engines of interesting actions: fear and love. I like swimming in lakes, road trips where someone else drives, parking lot carnivals, walking in the woods, overly elaborate candy stores, and, of course, books.
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