Ashley C. Ford’s Debut Memoir ‘Somebody’s Daughter’ Finds Home at Flatiron

The writer was also the recipient of Longreads' Best Essays award in 2017.

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Ashley C. Ford will see her debut memoir published with Flatiron Books, the writer and editor announced on Twitter Monday (January 22).

“I am VERY excited to share that [Flatiron Books] will be publishing my memoir, Somebody’s Daughter, under the imprint An Oprah Book,” Ford revealed on her account with a blurb statement about her forthcoming autobiography.

“My people, there’s no way I’m going to be able to say ‘thank you’ to each and every one of you,” Ford continued, “but know that I am so grateful for your love, and support, and encouragement. Seriously. I can’t say it enough. Thank you.”

Somebody’s Daughter will center on the author’s fraught bond with her jailed father, who is currently still serving a prison sentence for sexually assaulting a woman roughly 30 years ago — this is a fact Ford has never distanced herself from in the public eye of her followers.

The book — to be released under the imprint An Oprah Book on an unspecified date — will also demonstrate Ford’s struggle to intellectualize female sexuality and sexual assault, all while learning to succeed as a black child growing up poor in Indiana.

The Brooklyn-based writer’s latest bookish adventure comes as a surprise to literally no one. Ford has bylines with some of the most esteemed publications, on and offline, such as Lenny Letter, BuzzFeed, Refinery29, New York Magazine, and elsewhere. So it was merely a matter of time when the Forbes 30 under 30 honoree would release a full-length work of her own.

I’ve yet to familiarize myself with most of Ford’s work, but I’ve listened to her on Lenny’s Women of the Hour podcast and even on Rookie’s podcast as well. From what I have read by her so far, she’s certainly become an inspiration in the way of using writing as a vessel of healing and reflection and blatant honesty, and also as a device to find your footing in the field of professional writing and publishing. (One can only aspire…)

To show my support, I will be pre-ordering a copy of Ford’s book the minute it becomes available. Will you?

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