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Somebody's Daughter: A Memoir

af Ashley C. Ford

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"One of the most prominent voices of her generation debuts with an extraordinarily powerful memoir: the story of a childhood defined by the ever looming absence of her incarcerated father and the path we must take to both honor and overcome our origins. For as long as she could remember, Ashley has put her father on a pedestal. Despite having only vague memories of seeing him face-to-face, she believes he's the only person in the entire world who understands her. She thinks she understands him too. He's sensitive like her, an artist, and maybe even just as afraid of the dark. She's certain that one day they'll be reunited again, and she'll finally feel complete. There are just a few problems: he's in prison, and she doesn't know what he did to end up there. Through poverty, puberty, and a fraught relationship with her mother, Ashley returns to her image of her father for hope and encouragement. She doesn't know how to deal with the incessant worries that keep her up at night, or how to handle the changes in her body that draw unwanted attention from men. In her search for unconditional love, Ashley begins dating a boy her mother hates; when the relationship turns sour, he assaults her. Still reeling from the rape, which she keeps secret from her family, Ashley finally finds out why her father is in prison. And that's where the story really begins. Somebody's Daughter steps into the world of growing up a poor Black girl, exploring how isolating and complex such a childhood can be. As Ashley battles her body and her environment, she provides a poignant coming-of-age recollection that speaks to finding the threads between who you are and what you were born into, and the complicated familial love that often binds them. "Ashley Ford's prose is glass-so clear, sharp and smooth that the reader sees, in vivid focus, her complicated childhood, brilliant mind, and golden heart. The gravity and urgency of Somebody's Daughter anchored me to my chair and slowed my heartbeat-like no book has since Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. Ashley Ford is a writer for the ages, and Somebody's Daughter will be a book of the year." -- Glennon Doyle, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Untamed and founder of Together Rising"--… (mere)
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I thought this was going to be about her relationship with her father, who was in prison from the blurb. That was not the case, so I was disappointed. The more I read, however; the more I liked it. I did not like her mother, with whom she had a contentious relationship. I think this effected her own self-image. ( )
  dara85 | Jun 9, 2024 |
I generally try not to rate memoirs and that will be the case with this book.

This memoir was interesting. I started it last year but I don’t think I was in the headspace to read someone’s story.

Now that I have, I am glad. She takes us on a wild journey. Growing up without a father. He was incarcerated. However, she felt he understood and loved her the most in her family. She was brought by her mother and grandmother. Buut, her relationship with her mother was so complicated and distraught. I hated it. She always wanted to please her mom and I think it hurt her. She explores both relationships and you honestly go through a myriad of emotions with her through out the book.

I especially loved the part where she talks about her relationship with her father. It’s a perspective I’ve never heard of or read in a book and it really made me think and cry for her. You can be the villain in someone’s story and an angel in another’s story . These are the vibes I got from that story. I mean when you think about someone who’s incarcerated, you never think this person could be someone’s parent. But Ashley humanized her father and she just gave us her story. Who her father was to her, and what he wasn’t as well. I really hope for her sake, that she got to experience pure unadulterated parental love and care after he got out.

I love how she writes and loved how she narrated the book so I’m going to be watching out for her other books.
  Donnela | Apr 30, 2024 |
Dazzling writing animates this powerful memoir in ways that leave me 1) deeply satisfied as a reader and 2) confounded as a writer. How does Ford unfold her story with so much power and grace? I listened to her read her own story and could not stop! ( )
  rebwaring | Aug 14, 2023 |
3.5 rounded up. This was beautifully written and funny and painful and interesting. Ford has a strong voice and she somehow managed to write about incredible trauma with clarity and introspection.

It felt incomplete though. I appreciate that the characters are revealed to us as the author experiences them, but they ended up flat and one-dimensional as a result. For example, it was mind blowing to me that she casually mentioned her mom was a correctional officer, a profession very often linked to brutality, without any connection to her mother’s volatility and abuse. I really wanted Ford to examine the motives of the women and men in her life. I was also left feeling frustrated by the passive conclusion. The confrontation and resolution I spent the whole book waiting for never came. ( )
  KristinDiBum | Jul 21, 2023 |
Excellent. It doesn’t get any better than this. Ashley C. Ford’s voice is very much her own and still I felt I related to her feelings so many times despite having very different backgrounds. Some of the best writing I’ve seen in a while. Highly recommend. ( )
  Andy5185 | Jul 9, 2023 |
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"One of the most prominent voices of her generation debuts with an extraordinarily powerful memoir: the story of a childhood defined by the ever looming absence of her incarcerated father and the path we must take to both honor and overcome our origins. For as long as she could remember, Ashley has put her father on a pedestal. Despite having only vague memories of seeing him face-to-face, she believes he's the only person in the entire world who understands her. She thinks she understands him too. He's sensitive like her, an artist, and maybe even just as afraid of the dark. She's certain that one day they'll be reunited again, and she'll finally feel complete. There are just a few problems: he's in prison, and she doesn't know what he did to end up there. Through poverty, puberty, and a fraught relationship with her mother, Ashley returns to her image of her father for hope and encouragement. She doesn't know how to deal with the incessant worries that keep her up at night, or how to handle the changes in her body that draw unwanted attention from men. In her search for unconditional love, Ashley begins dating a boy her mother hates; when the relationship turns sour, he assaults her. Still reeling from the rape, which she keeps secret from her family, Ashley finally finds out why her father is in prison. And that's where the story really begins. Somebody's Daughter steps into the world of growing up a poor Black girl, exploring how isolating and complex such a childhood can be. As Ashley battles her body and her environment, she provides a poignant coming-of-age recollection that speaks to finding the threads between who you are and what you were born into, and the complicated familial love that often binds them. "Ashley Ford's prose is glass-so clear, sharp and smooth that the reader sees, in vivid focus, her complicated childhood, brilliant mind, and golden heart. The gravity and urgency of Somebody's Daughter anchored me to my chair and slowed my heartbeat-like no book has since Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. Ashley Ford is a writer for the ages, and Somebody's Daughter will be a book of the year." -- Glennon Doyle, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Untamed and founder of Together Rising"--

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