Follow Me To Ground
'Equal parts beauty and horror, and unlike anything you will read this year TEA OBREHT
'Beautiful and terrifying' SUNDAY TIMES
'Seethingly assured debut fuses magical realism with critical and feminist theory' GUARDIAN
In house in a wood, Ada and her father live peacefully, tending to their garden and the wildlife in it. They are not human though. Ada was made by her...more
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 chuck because Im chicken and deserved to be fried and served at fancy Soul Food places (Im coward but still five starred fancy coward!)
Im 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 ...more
Warnings?: Very graphic in the medical sense
I almost hesitated to rate this the full 5 stars because it's such a twisted speculative novel, 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 ...more
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....more
Once the humming and the tearing
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.
I would have liked more explanation about everything (literally everything) but I think that is part of the magic and the draw of this book.
And that cover!
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 ...more
I 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 for the 2019 Republic of Consciousness Prize
The judges nomination:
Sue Rainsford achieves something quite uncanny: believability. Her characters are not human (as normally conceived) but human-like creatures who live on the edge of a village and tend to the sick and dying by burying them in the...more
I had no idea what I was getting into when starting Follow me to Ground, and I won't lie: throughout the first 50 pages I was utterly lost. This incredibly unique magical realism debut shifts the balance between familiar and alien far towards the latter, with its story surrounding a not-quite-human father and daughter, using something between witchcraft, magic and medicine to heal the sick in their neighbouring village. It had me confused and a little unsettled at first, but it pulled ...more
This book is so weird. I mean that in the best way possible. I dont even know how to go about describing it, because its just that weird. Witchy healer does witchy things? Witchy healer starts an affair with a guy who might not be so upstanding himself and chaos ensues? Is she good? Is she not so good? No one knows. Certainly not this reader.
Its like this: Ada starts out seeming like a perfectly sweet, ...more
This book is strange, wonderful, otherworldly, and hard to categorize. Literary fiction? Fantasy? Magical realism? Horror? Depends on the reader. I don't know who to recommend this book to but I loved it. The basic premise is that there is a person, Ada, who isn't completely human. She lives with her father who isn't human either. Both of them are from the Ground. ...more
My penultimate book from the RofC longlist and the strangest one yet. It is unquestionably highly imaginative and well written, but the whole thing is a little too distanced from reality for my taste, like a magic realist nightmare without the realism.
Fortunately, my Mookse group friends have already written detailed reviews that saw more in it than I did, so I recommend these by Paul, Gumble's Yard and Neil.
Having now read the book, I have to say that I think coming at it with no prior knowledge might be the best way to experience it. For that reason, I am going to try to avoid details of the plot apart from maybe a bit of scene setting that might creep in.
The fabulist elements found here are far more literal than I was anticipating, and this may prove alienating for some. Ada and her father are not quite human. Though her fathers genesis remains mysterious, Ada was born of the earth, but moulded, literally and figuratively, by her father. They live on ...more
I didn't like the writing or any of the characters. I feel like the author was trying to get some sort of point across, but I have no idea what that was. I'm sure I'll forget that I read this book at all.
Wow. Ive never read anything like this one. ...more
This is one of those books thats going to be amazing for a certain kind of reader. I am not that certain kind of reader. This was magical realism with a dash of weirdness but the more you keep reading you realize that the lid mustve come off and the whole bottle of weirdness ended up in there. The utter strangeness of this reminded me a lot of The Library at Mount Char, so if you were a fan of that, definitely pick this one up. (That one also didnt work for me. lol) Heres a quick ...more
I am not sure what to make of this book. It was strange yet poetic. It was disturbing yet enthralling. Sue Rainsford delivers beautiful prose and a nightmarish story of loneliness, lust, want, and hope. Miss Ada and her father are healers and come from Ground (you have to read the book to understand what this means). Ada falls for a man, but her father does not agree. The conflict leads to deceit, lies, and lost. This is a dark exploration of what someone is willing to do to love and to be ...more
"Ada and her father, touched by the power to heal illness, live on the edge of a village where they help sick localsor Curesby cracking open their damaged bodies or temporarily burying them in the reviving, dangerous Ground nearby. "
Fantastical, off-beat, just plain weird. Be ready to extend your concept of reality.
I would have played up the horror aspect, indeed it fits nicely with the recent growth in novels dealing with folklore.
Its a debut novel that is brief and yet quiet unsettling, with a hint of the Shirley Jackson about it. I havent read a novel with a Jackson influence for a while, when all of a sudden along ...more