Follow Me to Ground

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Scribner Book Company
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5.1 X 7.7 X 0.5 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author
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 Prize and the Republic of Consciousness Award.
Palm Beach Post, Buzzfeed, and LitHub's Most Anticipated of 2020 One of AV Club's New Books to Read This January A Daily Break January Latest Read One of's All New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in January! "Refreshingly, the novel disregards the predilections of contemporary literary fiction and instead veers toward allegory...What's best in the novel is its idiosyncratic vision of the meaning of girlhood and first love...The tale pulses with images of opening and entering, into the ground, into patients' bodies, in sexual union. The suggestion is that a teenage crush is an experience of haunting and being haunted, and that maturity comes through a process of utter, ruinous self-absorption." -New York Times Book Review "Sue Rainsford's fresh and exciting first novel, Follow Me to Ground, reads like a dark fairy tale...a pleasure to read. Seeing the world from Ada's perspective is intoxicating, and as she grows in her power, we feel lucky to be taken along for the ride. With language that's visceral and jarringly beautiful, Rainsford has created a mysterious world that left me wanting to hear more tales of the strange healers and their trusting Cures." -BookPage "Part fairytale, part myth, with a touch of horror and a heavy dose of magical realism, [Follow Me to Ground] is unsettling in the best way. Ada's otherness allows us to see human illness at a remove and to consider what it might mean to be truly healed." -Electric Literature "In this serenely haunting tale, told in prose at once lyrical and unsettling, a lonely inhuman girl running a magical curing business with her father searches for a way to come alive...Visceral in its descriptions and carried by a spellbinding first-person narrative intertwined with lore from fearful Cures, this unworldly story is a well-crafted and eerie exploration of desire... beautifully intoxicating," -Shelf Awareness "As the world around us becomes more frightening, we're seeing fiction reflect those terrors, becoming more expansive in its speculative, magical, and often apocalyptic themes; Sue Rainsford's debut falls directly into this camp. It's as much about our difficulty connecting with others as it is about family, community, and compassion... Follow Me to the Ground is deeply rooted in human flesh, bodies, and transformation." -Thrillist, The Best Books of 2020 (So Far) "Rainsford's protagonists, beings of the "Ground," live in isolation in the woods, tolerated by nearby villagers for their magical healing powers. Underworld elements keep creeping into this moody fairy tale, but a young woman's liberation is the main, intriguing attraction." -Entertainment Weekly, 20 must-read books for January "Rainsford draws readers into her arresting and disconcerting tale... "Follow Me to Ground" is a haunting and puzzling story that is distinctly unafraid to poke about the horror that can exist within an individual... readers will quickly fall entranced by Rainsford's earthy tale." -TimaMarie Craven, The Ridgefield Press "This wildly inventive story reads like a centuries' old myth you can't believe you've never heard before, and [Rainsford's] prose will hold you captive like a spider's thread." -LitHub, Most Anticipated of 2020 "Follow Me to Ground is a haunting, intoxicating debut that establishes its author as one to watch in the future." -BookBrowse