Fol­low Me to the Ground

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE -

Sue Rains­ford

New Island, 160 pages, €11.95

This de­but novel from the Dublin-based au­thor is set in a strange world and cen­tres on Ada, her fa­ther and their quiet life to­gether in a clear­ing in the woods out­side of town. Their time is spent tend­ing for lo­cal Cures — the hu­man folk who come to them with var­i­ous ail­ments and for whom they care lit­tle. The life they have made for them­selves is turned on its head when Ada be­gins a re­la­tion­ship with a lo­cal Cure named Samson. Ada’s fa­ther and Samson’s wid­owed, preg­nant sis­ter are dis­pleased and Ada soon finds her­self hav­ing to choose be­tween her new and old lives. De­scribed as a “daz­zlingly trou­bled dream” by ac­claimed short­story writer Colin Bar­rett, it’s a book un­like any other.

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