“Ashley Ford’s debut novel is sublime – beautifully written, searingly honest and deeply affecting. There is a real grace with which she writes about the people in her life and those who have harmed her. Her ability to see people for who they are without looking away is powerful. There are passages throughout this memoir that are simply perfect and I do not say that lightly. I was profoundly moved by Ashley’s story and the clarity with which she reveals such intimate parts of her life,” Roxane Gay said via Literati.
She elaborated, “This is a narrative about a childhood with an incarcerated father, a loving but rageful mother, a grandmother with an uncompromising worldview, and how Ford has to learn to make space for herself in the world. I found myself holding my breath aching for the young girl Ashley was, and marveling at the woman she has become. When this memoir ended, I only wanted more. I hope you will embrace this book, this woman’s stories, and engage with its complexities. You won’t regret the journey this book takes you on.”