Revealing Where I Can’t Follow by Ashley Blooms

Walk through the door and leave all your problems behind… but you don’t know what’s on the other side.

We’re thrilled to share the cover for Ashley Blooms’ Where I Can’t Follow, available February 15, 2022 from Sourcebooks Landmark.

Walk through the door and leave all your problems behind…but you don’t know what’s on the other side. And once you leave, you’ll never come back. Will you go through?

Maren Walker told herself she wouldn’t need to sell pills for long, that it was only means to an end. But that end seems to be stretching as far away as the other side of Blackdamp County, Kentucky. There’s always another bill for Granny’s doctor, another problem with the car, another reason she’s getting nowhere.

She dreams of walking through her little door to leave it all behind. The doors have appeared to the people in her mountain town for as long as anyone can remember, though no one knows where they lead. All anyone knows is that if you go, you’ll never come back.

Maren’s mother left through her door when Maren was nine, and her shadow has followed Maren ever since. When she faces the possibility of escaping her struggles for good, Maren must choose just what kind of future she wants to build.

From critically acclaimed author Ashley Blooms, Where I Can’t Follow explores the forces that hold people in place, and how they adapt, survive, and struggle to love a place that doesn’t always love them back.

Cover design by Sarah Brody

Ashley Blooms is the author of Every Bone a Prayer, which NPR says “bears within its pages striking beauty and strangeness in equal measure.” Her fiction has appeared in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Strange Horizons, among others. Learn more at her website.

 

Praise for Ashley Blooms’ Every Bone A Prayer:

“Blooms’ writing has the same effect as Misty’s supernatural gift: It is so resonant and precise as to not simply describe experiences and emotions, but to transfer them to the reader so we can feel them like they are our own.”
—BUZZFEED

“A liminal combination of the literary and the fantastical… Blooms has taken the voice and names of Appalachia, tended, and evolved them, and created a book that is at once haunting and hopeful.”
—NPR

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