Follow Me to Ground

Follow Me to Ground

A haunted, surreal debut novel about an otherworldly young woman, her father, and her lover that culminates in a shocking moment of betrayal - one that upends our understanding of power, predation, and agency.

Ada and her father, touched by the power to heal illness, live on the edge of a village where they help sick locals—or “Cures”—by cracking open their damaged bodies or temporarily burying them in the reviving, dangerous Ground nearby. Ada, a being both more and less than human, is mostly uninterested in the Cures, until she meets a man named Samson. When they strike up an affair, to the displeasure of her father and Samson’s widowed, pregnant sister, Ada is torn between her old way of life and new possibilities with her lover—and eventually comes to a decision that will forever change Samson, the town, and the Ground itself.

Follow Me to Ground is fascinating and frightening, urgent and propulsive. In Ada, award-winning author Sue Rainsford has created an utterly bewitching heroine, one who challenges conventional ideas of womanhood and the secrets of the body. Slim but authoritative, Follow Me to Ground lingers long after its final page, pulling the reader into a dream between fairytale and nightmare, desire and delusion, folktale and warning.

Title:Follow Me to Ground
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781982133634
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    Follow Me to Ground Reviews

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    This is crazy! This is disturbing! This is really scary! I want to put in the freezer! I want to hide myself in the closet and count to 5 million to get rid of the damage the book gave me. Im going to...

  • Amy Imogene Reads

    What a twisted nightmare. A fairytale you'd never want to meet.Writing: ★★★★★Concept: ★★★★Pacing: ★★★★★Warnings?: Very graphic in the medical senseI almost hesitated to rat...

  • karen

    as a reader, sometimes you come across books that feel bespoke, and this is one of mine. like Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance, its fabulism done perfectly; establishing a unique, intricately deta...

  • Gumble's Yard

    Re-read following its long listing for the 2019 Republic of Consciousness Prize and now longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. Now that she was open the room had filled up with the tearing sound, ...

  • Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach

    Follow Me to Ground has to be one of the strangest books I have ever read... but I loved it. The author's writing was beautiful, and the story was so different. Once I started it, I read it every seco...

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Thank you Goodreads HQ for gifting me this gorgeous book! <3...

  • Hannah

    I adored this the writing, the storyline, the absolute bonkers weirdness, and most of all the wonderful main character. This book is super weird and the prose is flowery enough to sometimes hide what...

  • Fiona

    Meet Ada and her father. Unlike you and me, they're not Cures - people who come to them to be fixed, people who come to them for a nice rest in the Ground. No, they're not even really very like us, bu...

  • Paul Fulcher

    Now longlisted for the 2019 Desmond Elliot PrizeI peeled back the wet slap of her womb. The baby was still in evidence, like the unevenness to grass where some animal has stopped to graze.Longlisted f...

  • Jenna

    This is a weird yet beautifully written book. With everything going on right now, I had a hard time concentrating which diminished my enjoyment of it somewhat. I think it might have been 5 stars if I'...