New Island Books
‘Sick is sick, it’s got to go somewhere.’
Ada, a girl who hasn’t gone quite to plan, and Father live a quiet life together in a clearing in the woods outside of town. They spend their years tending to local Cures – the human folk who come to them, cautiously, with various ailments, and for whom they care little.
Ada embarks on a disquieting relationship with a local Cure named Samson, much to the displeasure of her father and Samson’s widowed pregnant sister, Olivia. When Ada is forced to choose between her old and new lives, what she does will change the town – and the ground itself – forever.
Praise from the Desmond Elliott Prize
‘“Who knows what I’ve made”, muses our heroine Ada, at the end. And well might she ponder for this is a quite unclassifiable creation, accomplished if unpinnable. There are many genres dipping their toes into this little plot: magical realism, practical gardening, myths and mythology, folk tales, sex for beginners, alternative medicine – with a soupçon of horror to stupefy the reader. Fairy tale comes closest perhaps, but not as many would know it.’
About the Author
Sue Rainsford holds an MFA from Bennington College, Vermont, and is a recipient of the Arts Council Literature Bursary Award as well as the VAI/DCC Critical Writing Award. She lives with her partner in Dublin.