Ahoy there me mateys! I received a copy of this fantasy eArc from the publisher in exchange for me honest musings . . .
follow me to ground (Sue Rainsford)
Title: follow me to ground
Authors: Sue Rainsford
Publication Date: TOMORROW!! (hardcover / e-book)
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. They partially make their living by curing the humans, Cures, of their illnesses and seemingly have a well structured life. But Ada meets a man from the village and starts a relationship. Upheaval begins.
That description doesn’t really begin to explain the book and that’s okay. This is a book that has to be experienced not described. It is unsettling, evocative, and certainly doesn’t have clear answers about anything. And it be compelling, haunting, and just plain fascinating. I am still not sure if this book horrifies or delights me or both. But much like the vegetarian, I know that I will be thinking about this for a long time to come. Arrrr!
Much thanks to Matey Sarah @ hamlets&hyperspace whose review led me to this delight. As she says:
“This book is so weird. I mean that in the best way possible. I don’t even know how to go about describing it, because it’s 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. . .”
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
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 more and less than human, is mostly uninterested in the Cures, until she meets a man named 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.
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