Stay Where I Can See You

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In a family, is anything forgivable?

“Delicately observed, utterly gripping.” — Globe and Mail

“A fine piece of storytelling from one of Toronto’s most versatile writers.”
— Toronto Star

“Onstad’s fast-paced, emotionally engaging novel will strike a familiar chord with readers. It’s a story that will resonate long after they finish reading the book.”
— Winnipeg Free Press

“A marvel of subtlety and suspense, a fiery reminder of how every family—no matter how happy—is a fulcrum of so many secret lives.”
Lauren Mechling, author of How Could She

“Who wouldn’t want to win the lottery? Well, the answer is… complicated. Stay Where I Can See You is a taut, sharply observed story about buried trauma and the paradoxical nature of good fortune. A powerful novel that calls into question our notions of success and domestic bliss, and I couldn’t put it down.”
 Michael Christie, Scotiabank Giller Prize longlisted author of Greenwood


The Kaplan family has just won 10 million dollars in the lottery. But haven’t they always been lucky? Gwen thought so. She’s carefully curated a perfect suburban existence with a loving husband and two children. For over a decade, she’s been a stay-at-home mom, devoted to giving her kids the quiet, protected adolescence she didn’t have. But the surprise windfall suddenly upends the family, allowing them all to dream a little bigger and catapulting them back to the city that Gwen fled years ago. But the move to the city, and an affluent new life, unlocks long-buried secrets from Gwen’s troubled youth, forcing her to confront her painful past and threatening to unravel the incredibly tight bond between her and her 17 year-old daughter, Maddie, who’s sprinting headfirst into adulthood. When their changed circumstances place her family under threat, Gwen must wake up from her domestic slumber.

Katrina Onstad’s new novel explores whether our most intimate relationships can survive our most unforgivable actions. Stay Where I Can See You is a penetrating story about the pendulum swing of fortune, the ferocity of mother–daughter devotion and the stories we tell―and withhold―because of love.


Advance Praise for Stay Where I Can See You

“In this propulsive novel Katrina Onstad shows us a family touched by love, luck, and pain.  Her flawed yet compassionate characters grapple with questions of privilege and trauma and the enduring effects of the past on the present. It’s a dramatic and thought-provoking story that testifies to the power of empathy.”   — Alix Ohlin, Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlisted author of Dual Citizens

“I loved every page of this gutsy, gorgeously written novel about the dark heart of motherhood and the true cost of trying to leave the past behind.” — Lisa Gabriele, bestselling author of The Winters

“The family at the centre of Stay Where I Can See You experience extraordinary changes in their lives, only to find the ordinary becomes unfamiliar. As much of a page-turner as it is full of insight, Onstad navigates the uneasy intersection of wealth and class. With her incisive eye, she also takes a deeply empathetic look at how girls become women.” — Claire Cameron, bestselling author of The Last Neanderthal


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