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.
Pub date is September 10, 2019 by Orca Book Publishers/ publisher Ruth Linka and editor Sara Cassidy.
(The book cover is pending.)