Ashes to Ink: A Memoir (Paperback)

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Ashes to Ink: A Memoir (Paperback)


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Acceptance struggles to emerge from a cocoon of family secrets . . .

After her parents' divorce in 1974, Lisa Lucca's idyllic Midwestern childhood is shattered when she learns her father is gay. Sworn to secrecy, she begins carrying the emotions of her family like a cracked bucket, making a mess as she embarks on a life of rebellious choices.

Decades later, faced with the aftermath of her father's death, Lisa revisits the complicated relationship she had with him, delving deeper into the stories she's held about love, sexuality, and the family she comes from with a shimmering clarity that arises from her grief.

A story of heartache and the power of forgiveness, Ashes to Ink shines a light on the challenges of living true to who we are.
Lisa Lucca's work has been published in several anthologies, most recently in Crone Rising. She is the co-author of the epistolary memoir, You Are Loved, with her partner, Mark Mathias. She shares a home with Mark in the high desert of southern New Mexico where she continues her work as a life coach, and hosts a weekly public radio show, Live True, bringing insightful and engaging interviews to her listeners. The show streams globally at where the shows are available in the archives. Visit her website at
Product Details ISBN: 9781737750208
ISBN-10: 1737750201
Publisher: Juju House Publishing
Publication Date: October 19th, 2021
Pages: 280
Language: English
Lisa Lucca weaves the past and present into a vividly written and important story with many layers: family secrets, fathers and daughters, love and sexuality, and at the core, forgiveness. -Laura Munson, New York Times bestselling author and founder of the acclaimed Haven Writing Retreats.

From a parent whose lifestyle flattens her, to the seeking of love with men who challenge her, Lisa's memoir is filled with such truth-and a rare opportunity to see ourselves in the dazzling mirror she holds up for us. -Amy Ferris, Author of Marrying George Clooney, Confessions from a Midlife Crisis

In this raw and gripping memoir, Lucca has perfectly captured the unique ripple effects of life with a gay parent. Ashes to Ink is proof we are not alone, and that love truly does win."-Jordan Budd, Executive Director of COLAGE, National LGBTQ+ family organization

Fresh, warm, sassy, and smart... Lisa's voice is a delight! I was enchanted by this book.-Alexia La Fortune, Author of Sex, Love, and Spirit