Ada and her father live in a small house outside town, surrounded by woods and lakes. The people from the local area come to them to be cured, seeking treatment for everything from mouth ulcers to hot flushes to tumours. A wild, dark tale of small-town tensions, family loyalty, and fierce desire, Follow Me to Ground has an eerie and timeless quality. I read this in one breathless sitting and thought about it constantly for days afterwards.
Recommended by Aoife Roantree, Dubray Stillorgan
‘Sick is sick is sick. It’s got to go somewhere.’
Ada, a girl who hasn’t gone quite to plan, and Father live a quiet life together, in a clearing in the woods outside of town. They spend their years tending to local Cures – the human folk who come to them, cautiously, with various ailments, and for whom they care little.
Ada embarks on a disquieting relationship with a local Cure named Samson, much to the displeasure of her father and Samson’s widowed, pregnant sister. When Ada is forced to choose between her old and new lives, what she does will change the town – and The Ground itself – forever.
Follow Me To Ground is an unnerving, beautifully controlled tour-de-force, a sinister tale that questions our preconceptions of predator and prey and the consequences of unchecked desire.
About the Author
Sue Rainsford holds an MFA from Bennington College, Vermont, and is a recipient of the Arts Council Literature Bursary Award as well as the VAI/DCC Critical Writing Award. Follow Me To Ground is her first novel. She lives with her partner in Dublin.
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