Acrylic and gold leaf on canvas
by Ellen Bigelow


The World on Either Side


The World on Either Side follows the journey of sixteen-year old Valentine Joy, who is devastated by the death of her boyfriend. She stops going to school, quits seeing her friends, and finally, doesn’t even leave her bed. After an ‘accidental’ drug overdose, her desperate mother takes Valentine on a trekking trip to Thailand, to get her back in the world.

In the mountains north of Chiang Mai, Valentine encounters difficult trails, hill tribes and mountain spring showers. She also meets a young Burmese guide, tormented by his secret past, and a baby bull elephant, orphaned and pursued by violent poachers.Together, the three flee deep into the jungle, looking for refuge and redemption.

Advance Praise:

“With a compelling voice and eye for evocative detail, Diane Terrana captures the rawness of grief and the dislocation of being a stranger in a strange land. Valentine’s journey is part vivid travelogue, part healing odyssey, part high-stakes adventure, astutely narrated and punctuated with poetry, geopolitics, and humour. A work of refreshing moral complexity about characters seeking atonement and redemption – and finding the courage it takes to love, and to live.”  (Trilby Kent, Finalist for the Governor General Award for Once, in a Town Called Moth)
“Air. This exquisite novel will have you gasping for it. Valentine’s heartbreak and her desperate race through the jungles of Thailand had me holding my breath, smiling and weeping, despairing and hopeful. The World on Either Side is a heart-pounding journey to healing and love.” (Barbara Radecki, Finalist for the Kobo Award for Emerging authors for The Darkhouse


Pub date is September 10, 2019 by Orca Book Publishers/ publisher Ruth Linka and editor Sara Cassidy.

(The book cover is pending.)