The Other Side of Beautiful
What happens when fate says 'go'?
Meet Mercy Blain, whose house has just burnt down. Unfortunately for Mercy, this goes beyond the disaster it would be for most people: she hasn't been outside that house for two years now.
Flung out into the world she's been studiously ignoring, Mercy goes to the only place she can. Her not-quite-ex-husband Eugene's house. But it turns out she can't stay there, either.
And so begins Mercy's unwilling journey. After the chance purchase of a cult classic campervan (read tiny, old and smelly), with the company of her sausage dog, Wasabi, and a mysterious box of cremated remains, Mercy heads north from Adelaide to Darwin.
On the road, through badly timed breakdowns, gregarious troupes of grey nomads, and run-ins with a rogue adversary, Mercy's carefully constructed walls start crumbling. But what was Mercy hiding from in her house? And why is Eugene desperate to have her back in the city? They say you can't run forever...
'Mercy Blain is a character you find yourself cheering on. Kim Lock mixes the transformative journey of Alice Hart with the quirkiness of Eleanor Oliphant in this story about embracing life, even when it threatens to overwhelm you.'
– TRICIA STRINGER
'Mercy Blain is an unforgettable character who will capture your heart from the first pages and hold it through until the end. Her madcap journey towards forgiveness - of herself and others - is moving and funny and all other good things that will make you want to keep reading and make you sad when your time with Mercy comes to an end.'
– SOPHIE GREEN
'Tender, funny and quietly profound, The Other Side of Beautiful is a breath of fresh air.'
– THE SUNDAY TIMES
'A treat from beginning to end.'
– THE HERALD SUN
'A colourful, engaging story of escape and road-trip adventure ... compellingly cinematic'
– THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
'Truly a great ode to embracing life.'
– STYLE MAGAZINE
'I loved this novel, in all its glorious pain and pleasure. Remember the name Kim Lock. You’re going to want to read all of her books.'
– THERESA SMITH WRITES
'A story of life, loss, grief, trauma, health, wellbeing, anxiety, acceptance, travel, friendships, recovering and starting over. It is poignant, moving and oh so splendid.'
– MRS B'S BOOK REVIEWS
'A heart-warming story'
– CANBERRA WEEKLY MAGAZINE
'such a delightful book ... a gifted writer who will bring pleasure to many readers'
– QUEENSLAND REVIEWERS COLLECTIVE