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 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. What touched me most was the call to action to become the love of your own life. Read, learn, and become!”—Laura Munson, New York Times bestselling author of This is Not The Story You Think It Is and Willa's Grove
“In this raw and gripping memoir, Lisa Lucca has perfectly captured the unique ripple effects of life with a gay parent. With little representation in popular media, people who grow up with (or find out about) LGBTQ+ parents/caregivers are often left to wonder if there’s anyone else who really understands. 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
"Ashes to Ink… a power punch of a book written by the glorious Lisa Lucca. Filled with rage and anger and sorrow and more unleashed anger…and much humor and love...human emotion in each chapter. Lisa's memoir is all about LOVE, the wanting, the needing, the longing, the acceptance, the fear of love, the need for love. From a parent whose lifestyle flattens her to the seeking of love with men who challenge her (unconsciously) to finding the right one. This is a memoir about family - the down and dirty - about love, about searching... and forgiveness. This book is filled with so much truth, so many untamed feelings, so much rawness… a memoir that gives you ample time to hold your breath and exhale. Read it, devour it, allow yourself to creep into the uncomfortableness. Life is filled with discomfort and unease - Lisa gives us all the rare opportunity to see ourselves in the dazzling, and magnificent mirror she holds up for us." —Amy Ferris, Marrying George Clooney, Confessions from a Midlife Crisis