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Longlisted for The Desmond Elliot Prize 2019
In house in a wood, Ada and her father live peacefully, tending to their garden and the wildlife in it. They are not human, though. Ada was made by her father from the Ground, a unique patch of earth with birthing and healing properties. Though perhaps he didn’t get her quite right. They spend their days healing the local human folk - named Cures - who visit them, suspiciously, with their ailments.
When Ada embarks on a relationship with a local Cure named Samson, she is forced to choose between her old life with her father and a new one with her human lover. Her decision will uproot the town - and the Ground itself - for ever.
A poised and simmering tour de force, Follow Me to Ground is a sinister vision of desire and free will, voiced in earthy prose and eviscerating detail by an astoundingly original new writer.
"Weird, tender, haunted. A deeply affecting spectacle, equal parts beauty and horror, and unlike anything you will read this year." (Tea Obreht, author of Orange Prize winner The Tiger’s Wife)
"Fierce, palpable, hypnotic. A dazzling, troubling dream." (Colin Barrett)