'The Fancies is a wonder. A brilliantly observed, laugh-out-loud funny page-turner with a tender heart and a spine of the finest feminist steel.'
- EMILY MAGUIRE acclaimed author of An Isolated Incident
A story about stories - those we tell, those we believe and those we make into a reality - whether they are true, murky or not true at all.
Port Kingerton: the insular cray-fishing town at the butt-end of South Australia, where everyone knows everyone. And everyone knows too that when Abigail Fancy left town at seventeen, she hung out the window of her boyfriend's Corolla, middle fingers held high, swearing she'd never come back. And she hasn't, until now.
At her parents' house Abigail finds a party (read: town meeting) in full swing over something iffy found on the beach - a thighbone. And although iffy things aren't uncommon in Port Kingerton, Abigail's surprise arrival forces a family - and an entire town - to unpack a twenty-four-year-old secret that rocked this tiny place to its core: that time they found something much iffier ...
Through Abigail, her grandfather Old Dick Fancy's unreliable memories and the collective voices of the town itself, Port Kingerton unravels as old wounds are picked open, skeletons fall from closets and unlikely bonds are forged. But will Abigail finally change the past ...?
Fresh, punchy, expertly crafted and deliciously wry - the author of The Other Side of Beautiful returns with a tour de force of a small-town mystery where a homecoming lifts the veil on a time when a town failed to stand up for its girls.
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'this beautifully written homecoming story, had me at hello . . . a refreshing read, playful and delightful, and establishes Kim Lock as an author to watch.'
- BETTER READING
'an extraordinarily fun read, filled with irony and dry humour and total lack of pretension'
- THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN
'With this novel, Kim Lock has proven that she has a sharply intelligent sense of humour and that she’s not afraid to use it . . . Five stars and a highly recommended.'
- THERESA SMITH WRITES