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Follow Me to Ground [PDF] ✈ Follow Me to Ground Author Sue Rainsford – Buyprobolan50.co.uk 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 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 and less than human, is mostly uninterested in the Cures, until she meets a man named Follow Me PDF/EPUB ² 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.


About the Author: Sue Rainsford

Sue Rainsford is a fiction and arts writer based in Dublin A graduate of Trinity College, she completed her MFA in writing and literature at Bennington College, Vermont She is a recipient of the VAI DCC Critical Writing Award, the Arts Council Literature Bursary Award, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship When it was first published, Follow Me to Ground won the Kate O Brien Award and was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Award and the Republic of Consciousness Award source.



10 thoughts on “Follow Me to Ground

  1. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    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 I m going to chuck because I m chicken and deserved to be fried and served at fancy Soul Food places I m coward but still five starred fancy coward I m giving four stars and praying loudly already I organized my own congregation circling me because of my usage of so many holly words the spirits of Ada and 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 I m going to chuck because I m chicken and deserved to be fried and served at fancy Soul Food places I m coward but still five starred fancy coward I m giving four stars and praying loudly already I organized my own congregation circling me because of my usage of so many holly words the spirits of Ada and her father won t follow and curse me as a punishment of cutting one of their stars.This creepy as hell book will give you nightmares, will make you forget your own name so you gotta read Call me by your name to recover, okay it was so bad but I m really shaking in terror and losing my ability to write something simple and funny BEWARE YOUR CHILDREN from this book by positioning it at the top of your bookshelves Don t put in the freezer like me This will be their first place to check Stop screaming, stop crying, be a mature human and deal with your feelings responsibly and please don t read them at the public places not to be shunned because of your uncontrollable reactions Didn t I say stop crying Oh, that s me Okay I should stop it and resume writing my review.PLOT AND CHARACTERS So Ada and her father are healers who help their local people with very un Grey s Anatomy s doctors methods which are literally cracking open the damaged bodies like random damaged goods, temporarily burying them in some kind of eerie, mega spooky and dangerous ground Oh stop screaming That s not me, this time My husband read my words on the computer and gave this childish reaction What a momma s boy But one day, Ada heals one of the village people named Samson Ada and her father called them cure which is also my 80 s favorite band and it is not relevant so I m zipping my mouth right now and they start a romantic affair As you may see the father of the probable bride is not happy about this progress You may sense that after Ada s romantic involvement, all the hell breaks loose and nothing will be the same forever I m not gonna say anything because I m still trembling and afraid of moving for at least five hours I wish somebody could carry me to my bed and I hide myself under my duvet OVERALL This is unconventional, stunning, shocking, different, original work I m so happy to read this rarely talented author s works and I m so excited to read her upcoming books.THANKING TO LUCKY STARS PART OR OSCAR AWARDING SPEECH S PUBLISHER VERSION So much thanks to NetGalley and Scribner for sharing this innovative masterpiece with me in exchange my honest review And I d like to congratulate Sue Rainsford for her original work.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter


  2. Amy Imogene Reads Amy Imogene Reads says:

    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 rate this the full 5 stars because it s such a twisted speculative novel and sometimes I wonder what that says about me, but at the same time I think it s one of the most singular things I ve ever read, so sue me I loved it Follow Me to Ground is witchy, spooky, medically graphic, and disturbing It follows the life of two non 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 rate this the full 5 stars because it s such a twisted speculative novel and sometimes I wonder what that says about me, but at the same time I think it s one of the most singular things I ve ever read, so sue me I loved it Follow Me to Ground is witchy, spooky, medically graphic, and disturbing It follows the life of two non humans, a father and a daughter, who live in a fairy tale type scenario where they are the mystical healers that the town goes to when they re desperate Ada and her father bury people in The Ground behind their cottage and heal their insides by scooping out the illness literally.Ada and her father aren t human, and they don t pretend to be Enter Samson, a local boy man who captures Ada s ageless young girl woman attention The hyphens are because the ages in this story are described in both waysit highlights the overall fluidity of this story Samson and Ada begin an affair What started out off kilter and uncomfortable gets evenso when Ada and Samson s love affair begins to fracture at the edges, and all is not what it seems Is Samson a good man What s up with his pregnant sister, who lives with him alone What will Ada do when confronted with Samson s attentions vs her nonhuman ties to The Ground Written with a one of a kind narration and crackling tension filled sentences, this is the kind of story that stays with you If you liked Wilder Girls for its unflinching acceptance of body horror and its lack of explanations, you ll like this If you liked Seanan McGuire s short stories on fairy tales best left alone, you ll love this I don t know what it says about me that I appreciated this story, but damn this was weird and awesome Thank you to Scribner for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.Blog Instagram


  3. karen karen says:

    as a reader, sometimes you come across books that feel bespoke, and this is one of mine like Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance, it s fabulism done perfectly establishing a unique, intricately detailed world and layering it over our own this one drew me in effortlessly with its unusual premise, breezy lyricism and immersive storytelling transporting me deeply into its clefted bosom under some kind of hypnotic spell whilst it told the story it wanted to tell before bounding jauntily away, n as a reader, sometimes you come across books that feel bespoke, and this is one of mine like Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance, it s fabulism done perfectly establishing a unique, intricately detailed world and layering it over our own this one drew me in effortlessly with its unusual premise, breezy lyricism and immersive storytelling transporting me deeply into its clefted bosom under some kind of hypnotic spell whilst it told the story it wanted to tell before bounding jauntily away, not sticking around to answer any questions it s also the kind of book that ll make you sound like a crazy person if you have to describe its plot to the uninitiated so, there re these healers, right and they look like father and daughter humans, but they re only human ish they re something else, okay , something perpetual and ageless something called forth and assembled from magic and nature and i dunno twigs and they have a house on this swathe of enchanted Ground, and villagers come to them when they have ailments, and they cure them oh, and that s what ada and her father call people they call them Cures, as in Some Cures give off a scent when they re lying, etc and so but these Cures are put into a resting state, they open them up sorta magically and extract the tumor or whatever by humming orclucking , and sometimes they need to bury the Cures in the Ground for days or weeks so they can like, healand then the book gets weird.which sounds like a confusing mess of bad ideas and silliness but that s just it it s a story difficult to summarize and a tone difficult to convey from the outside, but she has built this world so well and carries the reader through it so smoothly, you don t question anything or feel confused you re in as confident and capable a pair of hands as any other Cure My thumb, when I ran it along the soft inside of her arm, saw the blood come heavy and slow This we did with women past a certain age, relieve some of the pressure that gets into their blood But her blood was extra thick So thick I half expected the opened vein would shimmy up flecks of iron, as pebble bedded streams will sometimes in a certain light reveal shards and lumps of gold.After a few moments I pushed the skin back together and wiped it clean with my dress The skin of her stomach fell easily apart, its elastic long gone The ovaries were all sinewy and very small, lined with the deep grooves of a peach stone, and her womb shone with an unseemly wet.It made me think of staling fruit that takes on the shape of the bowl it sits in the story is told through ada s perspective, chapters offset by testimonials about her from some of the villagers, with varying degrees of appreciation and suspicion for her, her father, and their work it s beautiful, dark, atmospheric, elemental it s this short, quick book about the body and nature and otherness, with so much going on in its genre roots fantasy and family and horror and romance one fully acknowledging the unpretty shape of a love story where one of the participants is inhuman something crouching at the relationship s crossroads Whenever he was inside me I turned into a fist, grasping and releasing, a fist learning the shape of the thing it s holding.it s a dark and sticky sorta fairy tale erotic and violent and delicate, as amoral as capital n nature, beautifully written and frequently surprising there s some why and how that go unanswered, but it s completely irrelevant to your reading pleasure greg said something about this book staying true to or being consistent with its own rules i was only half listening , and he s right you are welcomed in, allowed a wander through the lovely poison garden of it, and then you are gently pushed out, returned a little dazed and haunted, but wantingin the best way possible her next book, i m first in line weird weird weird in the best possible way.review to come come to my blog


  4. Gumble& Gumble& says:

    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, the clotting was given off a smell of blueberries left to long on the stove I started humming, feeling my way towards the pitch of her hurt The baby was sleeping I could see its little shoulders through the curtain of her womb when I lifted the bladder aside Once the humming and the tearing bl 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, the clotting was given off a smell of blueberries left to long on the stove I started humming, feeling my way towards the pitch of her hurt The baby was sleeping I could see its little shoulders through the curtain of her womb when I lifted the bladder aside Once the humming and the tearing blended, I slipped my hand around the clotted blood and clucked at it until it shrank and slid away I turned from crimson to purple in the shadow of my hand, and left her.Quiet now, aside from the rain I listened hard I d left a bowl under the couch, just in case, but hadn t heard it land there.I bought the skin back together, smoothing away any puckering with the flat of my hand It pinkened some, once re joined, and I waited for the rosiness to fade before waking her.A very accommodating cureThis book is published by the small Irish press New Island founded in 1992 as a successor to Raven Arts Press it retains and builds on its commitment to leading edge literature as well as non fiction that addresses core issues of public debate The author Sue Rainsford, a Dublin based writer and researcher concerned withhybrid, lyric and embodied texts, explicit fusions of critical and corporeal enquiry, as well as with experiences that alter our understanding of flesh As a writer she has written on a number of books including The Vegetarian, The Lesser Bohemians, Martin John, Sorry to Disrupt the Peace, The White Book and the Milkman where she examines in particular the way in which women s bodies are represented and discussed in culture as an aside the way in which she captures the Middle Sister s voice in Milkman is inspired.https www.suerainsford.com commissiThis book, her debut novel, was I understand partially inspired by her researches into these areas during her MFA from Bennington College, Vermont This includes the metaphors used to describe the female body, and also particularly the installation art of Jenny Keane and her lick drawings and their concept of the displacement of horror Keane literally licking away the most horrific element of scenes from horror films.Simone de Beauvoir s famous saying A Woman is Not Born She is Made was also important.So an exploration of a world in which The metaphors used to describe the female body become literal Horror and disease are displaced from the body via the conscious bodily intervention of another And a female protagonist who is literally made by a manAnd the result is this distinctive novel Ada lives with her father in a house in a woodland clearing Both are human but yet not human her father transforms into a hunting animal some nights, Ada was grown by her father in the ground as he was grown in turn by his own father and her body initially lacks sexual organs until she decides to grow them, both live for generations of human lives The humans from the nearby settlements who Ada and her father call Cures bring their sick to be healed Treatments often involve Ada and or her father opening up the Cures s bodies, singing out or sometimes physically removing clots, bruises, tumours which have to be directed elsewhere in some cases extracting whole organs for a period to be cured and in heavier cases even burying the Cures in the Ground outside while they heal.Ada is held in a mix of awe, fear and hatred by the Cures after an incident when a Cure was losing her baby and Ada walked in having discovered it nearbyAda falls for a male cure, Samson their relationship opposed both by Ada s father and Samson s sister Olivia, living with Samson after being thrown out by her husband s family after his death, pregnant and with the father unknown.In face of the opposition Ada seeks to draw on her knowledge and make Samsonlike her I felt there were a large number of biblical allusions imagery in the book Rather than Adam fashioned from earth and Eve made from one of his ribs Ada s father grows her from, it seems, a bone planted in the earthy ground Ada acts as Delilah to Samson, ultimately identifying his weakness and betraying him Tabatha Sharp is effectively raised from the dead like Tabitha in Acts 9 Ada s Father s remark that The ground is cruel, but with tilling and cursing we can make it useful , as well as the frequent concentration on childbirth seems a strong link to the curse of Genesis 3 The resurrection of Cures occurs after a spell of a few days buried Ada effectively attempting to make Samson born again with a new birth which will change him away from a purely mortal form.All of this is mixed with fokelore and legend and particular with the mistrust of female powers and abilities and the long history of females being labelled either as witches as effectively happens to Ada or as untrustworthy and predatory with the nearby lake occupied by Sister Eel the only survivor of a series of eels supposedly bred to feed on enemy troops in an old war and who has eaten all of her family, including eventually the last male brother eel.Overall this is an unsettling novel one I am tempted to say falls into the Argentinian school of writing as its nearest equivalent I can think of is Ariana Harwicz s Die My Love itself shortlisted for the 2018 Republic of Consciousness Prize on which I was a judge , combined with elements of the magic realism fantasy of Samantha Schweblin Fever Dream.Highly recommended and well worth its place on a very strong longlistSick is sick, and it has to go somewhere, and some sicknesses are dangerous when taken out of a body


  5. Jenna Jenna says:

    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 d read it at another time.


  6. Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach says:

    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 second I had a chance until it was done.I would have likedexplanation about everything literally everything but I think that is part of the magic and the draw of this book.And that cover


  7. Fiona Fiona says:

    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, but given the work they do, most folks are willing to overlook it This was a very odd, visceral sort of a book, and though it s short, I think it s the perfect length It s unsettling and a little ambiguous throughout, but details and certainty would have ruined this particular story if storytellin 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, but given the work they do, most folks are willing to overlook it This was a very odd, visceral sort of a book, and though it s short, I think it s the perfect length It s unsettling and a little ambiguous throughout, but details and certainty would have ruined this particular story if storytelling is black and white, this is all shades of grey, living in the shapes left between the story that s explicitly told The really interesting parts are in the work done by the reader to interpret those shapes, which is not to dismiss the book itself the writing is gorgeous, it s just very spare.Sue Rainsford has written something truly interesting here, and it ll be exciting to see what she does next


  8. Chelsea Humphrey Chelsea Humphrey says:

    Thank you Goodreads HQ for gifting me this gorgeous book


  9. lark benobi lark benobi says:

    As with Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin, and The Vegetarian by Han Kang, and The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter to mention three other hauntingly beautiful books that this novel reminds me of in the best ways a reader can t claim to understand everything that happens here, but the impact is undeniably powerful, and undeniably female.Authors of the books I mentioned in my review are all deliberately using the irrational, and the unexplained, to describe experiences and feelings where logic does As with Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin, and The Vegetarian by Han Kang, and The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter to mention three other hauntingly beautiful books that this novel reminds me of in the best ways a reader can t claim to understand everything that happens here, but the impact is undeniably powerful, and undeniably female.Authors of the books I mentioned in my review are all deliberately using the irrational, and the unexplained, to describe experiences and feelings where logic doesn t apply These authors leave us readers out in the cold, and without the key to the map I can think of many other books published recently that have this same irksome quality, of not wanting to give up all their secrets As a way of writing, it intrigues me, since it seems so counter what a good book is supposed to do It s different from surrealism or absurdism, because those movements are deliberate critiques of logic, whereas these new books seem to be saying i m describing a real human experience to you, but it s an experience that doesn t fit logically into the rational world Logic has nothing to do with it


  10. Hannah Hannah says:

    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 is going on, to really, really work for me It is also a deeply disturbing book, both in the central imagery of a ground that needs to be fed and of healers opening up their patients and then putting them into the earth to heal and in the casual horror of the main character s relationship a horr 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 is going on, to really, really work for me It is also a deeply disturbing book, both in the central imagery of a ground that needs to be fed and of healers opening up their patients and then putting them into the earth to heal and in the casual horror of the main character s relationship a horror that Rainsford does not explicate but makes very very obvious nonetheless.My rating 4 out of 5 starsContent warning body horror, pedophiliaI received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review


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