Wild Ground

Emily Usher


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Profile Books Ltd
30 May 2024
ISBN: 9781800815612
352 pages

From the publisher

A working-class Romeo and Juliet that will break your heart, this bittersweet debut novel follows two teenagers whose all-consuming relationship is tested by the forces of prejudice and addiction

'Aches with hard-won hope and bruised tenderness' Colin Walsh, author of Kala

'An intoxicating debut from a compelling new voice' Adelle Stripe, author of Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile

Neef and Danny. Danny and Neef. They were inseparable for all those years. Outsiders in their rural Yorkshire town, they clung to an imagined future achieved through Neef's talent for storytelling and Danny's for gardening. But as they grew older, their dreams strained against the same forces that held their families hostage: substance abuse, poverty, racism. They began to lose sight of their future and each other.

Now, Neef works in a café in London and calls herself Jennifer. Jennifer is sober and determined to stay anonymous, until Danny's father shows up looking for his missing son. As the memories she once fled resurface, Neef is forced to face the decisions she's made and the person she's become. Heartbreaking and hopeful, Wild Ground is an achingly tender novel of first love and second chances.