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Follow Me to Ground: A Novel par Sue…
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Follow Me to Ground: A Novel (édition 2021)

par Sue Rainsford (Auteur)

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Palm Beach Post, BuzzFeed, and LitHub's Most Anticipated of 2020 A haunted, surreal debut novel about an otherworldly young woman, her father, and her lover that culminates in a shocking moment of betrayal--one that upends our understanding of power, predation, and agency. 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. Follow Me to Ground is fascinating and frightening, urgent and propulsive. In Ada, award-winning author Sue Rainsford has created an utterly bewitching heroine, one who challenges conventional ideas of womanhood and the secrets of the body. Slim but authoritative, Follow Me to Ground lingers long after its final page, pulling the reader into a dream between fairy tale and nightmare, desire and delusion, folktale and warning.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:Follow Me to Ground: A Novel
Auteurs:Sue Rainsford (Auteur)
Info:Scribner (2021), 208 pages
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Mots-clés:fiction, fantaasy, magic, magical realism, family, weird, Fantastic Strangelings Book Club

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Well that's a thing I've read now. Kind of "A Rose for Miss Emily" in reverse. ( )
  IVLeafClover | Jun 21, 2022 |
Ada, the narrator, and her "father" are human-appearing creatures who can heal Cures (as they call humans) by opening them and taking out the Sick, sometime burying them in the Ground where they sleep for a while before emerging, healed. We learn that Ada's father created her in the Ground out of branches and other things, when she finds the remains of some of his early attempts.

She and a local boy, Samson, are attracted to each other and go off in his truck for intimate time. Ada's father isn't happy about that, and neither is Samson's strange sister, who's a pregnant widow. Why? Samson wants them to run away together, but Ada buries him in the Ground - to make him become like her? to hide him till her father is gone?

One of her Cures becomes obsessed by Ada, showing up to be cured, acting more and more odd. Finally Ada uses her power for evil, and after that I don't understand what happened. We've seen some statements about Ada and her father throughout the book from villagers that imply she stopped healing people and nobody knows what became of her.

So a great premise, and fascinating characters, but for me the ending didn't work. ( )
  piemouth | Dec 29, 2021 |
The reader is plunged without any preliminary or background explanation into the strange world of Ada and her father. What at first could be any rural American setting is soon revealed to be something quite else, and while Ada and her father could at first be mistaken for any rural folk healers are soon revealed to also be something quite else.

Ada and her father treat “Cures,” the human folks, by opening their bodies, manipulating their insides, singing, and removing their illnesses—into bowls, into the walls, and such. Diseased lungs are removed and put into the pantry while the Cure is buried in a special plot of ground.

Ada’s and her father’s bodies are themselves mutable. Her father, like a werewolf, changes into something hairy and four-legged when he goes out to hunt at night. Ada, when she first tries to have sex with a Cure, discovers that she’s lacking the necessary parts, and so she develops them. She ultimately gets a lot of use out of her new genitalia when she starts a relationship with the Cure called Samson. Ada’s father disapproves of her relationship with Samson, and the manner in which Ada deals with this disapproval leads to the unsettling denouement.

Chapters from Ada’s POV are interspersed with brief interview-like chapters from the POV of various Cures, usually revealing their feelings about or interactions with Ada.

Ada herself is a puzzle. Is she motivated by love or purely physical desire? Her father at one point says she has no heart. I’m not sure whether he meant it literally, figuratively, or both. Ada certainly behaves as if she had some compassion for her Cures, but she also is dispassionate in describing their bodies. In fact, flesh is a central concern of this novel, both the human flesh of the Cures and of Samson, and the flesh of Ada, which is something else entirely. Ada is definitely an interesting protagonist, a woman firmly grounded in her body and who knows what she wants. ( )
  Charon07 | Oct 19, 2021 |
audiobook fiction (full cast), magical realism/human drama ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
“Disappointment lurks” is a line from Neil Young’s song “Time Fades Away,” that rings out in my head at times like these. With the word “weird” starting the blurb on the cover, I had been intrigued. Sadly, as I got into the book, I found that I wasn’t on the edge of my seat any more, I had slumped. I will give the author great credit for imagination, but I was never engaged in the story, and wouldn’t have finished the book if it hadn’t been so short and such easy reading. Little ventured, little gained.

The story centers on a young girl, Ada, and a young “Cure,” Samson, who she meets and treats. Her life with her father is all about treating the “medical” problems of the local people—who they refer to as Cures. They have powers of the mind and also have a strange way of physically opening up and correcting the Cure’s bodies, akin to some version of psychic-surgery. Their story is told in rather an impressionistic fable style, but to Ada, it is starting to feel mostly commonplace to her.

There are also several references to her father’s nighttime ramblings, during which he transforms into a wolf-like creature. One chapter even begins with this telling line. “Father was always more creaturely than me.” Oh, and there’s the practice of putting Cures into the ground for different lengths of time, rather like they’re being aged.

I’ll stop here, before I become too bitchy about a book that simply wasn’t a good fit for my mood … but I’m not sure if I ever have a mood that this book would fit. The author shows the two working with many of the villagers, some who think of them as witches or whatever, but that doesn’t keep them from continuing to come for treatment. The book has gotten high praise from many places, so really what do I know, other than just what I like? ( )
  jphamilton | May 23, 2021 |
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Palm Beach Post, BuzzFeed, and LitHub's Most Anticipated of 2020 A haunted, surreal debut novel about an otherworldly young woman, her father, and her lover that culminates in a shocking moment of betrayal--one that upends our understanding of power, predation, and agency. 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. Follow Me to Ground is fascinating and frightening, urgent and propulsive. In Ada, award-winning author Sue Rainsford has created an utterly bewitching heroine, one who challenges conventional ideas of womanhood and the secrets of the body. Slim but authoritative, Follow Me to Ground lingers long after its final page, pulling the reader into a dream between fairy tale and nightmare, desire and delusion, folktale and warning.

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