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Somebody's Daughter

A Memoir

by Ashley C. Ford

Somebody's Daughter by Ashley C. Ford X
Somebody's Daughter by Ashley C. Ford
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    Jun 2021, 224 pages

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    May 2022, 224 pages

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A moving, emotionally candid memoir about contending with the repercussions of childhood sexual assault.

In this powerful debut memoir, Ashley C. Ford explores what it means to have grown up Black and poor in contemporary America, dissecting a childhood defined by sexual assault, her father's incarceration, and the complex relationship she shared with her mother.

The real strength of Ford's approach is her ability to discuss the most distressing moments of her life without ever sitting in judgment of those involved. Though we learn the nature of her father's crimes, and witness the fraught and often abusive dynamic between the author and her mother, Ford neither absolves nor condemns either for their actions. By also discussing her parents' capacity for kindness, love and humor, the book becomes a poignant testimony to the complexity of human nature and the realization that no one is wholly good or bad.

Despite a confrontation with her father feeling both vital and inevitable, he is ...

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