Follow Me to Ground
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 ...more
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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
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 judge’s 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 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!
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.
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 and magic to heal the sick in their neighbouring village. It had me confused and a little unsettled at first, but it pulled me in like ...more
It is full of Magic Realism, which differs from fantasy in that the strange and impossible events are seen as “normal” by the characters. This MR was so well-written that the fantastical events began to seem REAL to me! See my Booktube review at https://youtu.be/kxiN2WH8wAo
Follow Me To Ground was one of those books with a super gripping story and an even better group of characters. Though it was set in our world, Rainsford writes magical realism very well to allow the book’s setting to feel alien. Although there were some parts of the magical realism that didn’t appeal much to me, the book was largely satisfying in its ability to create a supernatural environment without the negative attachments you usually find in books that surround any kind ...more
a non-human, elemental, grown from the earth father and daughter, tend to the local peoples' (the Cures) ailments through opening them up and manipulating the body, removing growths, and even burying them for extended period to allow the Ground to work on them. Are treated with mix of fear, superstition and reverence by community
daughter wants to form a relationship with a damaged / potentially abusive ...more
'There is something Cures don’t know about their curing. The sickness isn’t gone. It just goes elsewhere.'
Ada and her father are some sort of creature that is both human and not. Of course, her father is wilder than her, hunting in the night on all fours, but not Ada. She has her own desires. Their purpose is to heal the “Cures”, the local humans who come to them for help for all their maladies. Sometimes its requires rooting around through the ...more
The story was very disorienting at first but once the words and concept sank in I plowed through. The characters don’t exactly fit into a cookie cutter supernatural cast but it did seem like werewolf (Father) and witch/fairy (Ada) were where my mind kept going. Burying people and having them rise and be reborn - vampires/zombies.
That’s me, the Twilight generation, sorry.
That’s probably taking away from all the deep philosophical and biblical references I’m ...more
I enjoyed this but I haven't a god damn clue what the last few pages were about. What the hell happened? I want to give it a better rating because I did love the premise and the writing style but that was just too odd for me. Also, the twist was easily guessed, but as it was in Ada's perspective, she didn't really understand what was happening.
May re-read this at some point.
‘Follow Me To Ground’ is so earthy yet other worldly. Although this book is set on our planet, it feels like it’s own little world. There’s just something about this book.
It’s written so beautifully, which just adds to the whole atmosphere of this wonderful novel.
I’ve seen people say that the ending of Ada being surprised by what Samson has done as weakness, when it’s obvious to the reader, but for me this just adds to the book. Ada, is a ...more
Seriously - this was WEIRD. Even for me. I liked the beginning A LOT - then it just felt like it jumped the shark and shifted focus and from there on out it was different and weird and full of a lot of sex and randomness... I can't say that I liked it. It's original and odd and I liked the concept, but the read was bizarre and a bit all over the place, but not necessarily in a bad way. I know that makes NO SENSE, but that's how it felt reading it.
I'm not sorry I read it, as ...more
So what's it about? "Woman is not born, woman is made." So said Simone de Beauvoir, and it is true of Ada our protagonist who was made by her father and birthed from The Ground, a patch of land at the back ...more
Ada and her father live in the woods and they aren't human. But they're 'tolerated' by the humans living nearby as they have gifts that means that they can cure sickness. It's how they get by.
Ada was made from The Ground nearby, which is a patch of earth that has birthing and healing properties - it ...more
What a unique novel. I've got such complicated feelings about it, which has led to my indecisiveness over how to rate it. On one hand, the novel's originality and its gorgeous language make it stand out from the other books I've read this past year, both on NetGalley and on my own. On the other hand, there are so many questions I have that I didn't find the answers to throughout the novel. That might be my own problem, which I fully accept, but I did peep a number of ...more
What a strange little novel this is, and I mean that in the best possible way. Gorgeous, lyrical prose, expressed by a refreshingly no-nonsense narrator.
Ada was created by her father, to help him in his vocation of performing strange medical procedures on the people of the village. But when Ada becomes intertwined with an odd young man, she begins to question she life she has inherited, and things get even weirder.
My wheelhouse ...more
This was a very strange and unique book that was a bit fantasy, a bit romance, and a bit suspense all rolled into one.
I found the book to be, at times, both enthralling and confusing. The style of writing immediately drew me, and I enjoyed that story went back and forth from Ada’s POV and that of the “Cures”, a name given to the sick locals.
But there were scenes that I felt weren’t given enough details. I think in some instances it was intended for the reader to infer what was ...more
The sickness isn't gone.
It just goes elsewhere.'
Ada and her father live in a house next to The Ground. Cures (people) come to them with different ailments hoping to be fixed, those that are especially sick get buried in The Ground and rise anew. When Ada falls for Samson, a human boy, her Father is not happy.
It's really hard to put this book into words, if you like strange dark books about magic then you're in for a treat. The prose in ...more