Novel idea: Jordann Malone – Seymour Tribune

Name: Jordan Malone

Job Title: Circulation Assistant for the Jackson County Public Library

What is the name of the book and author you recommend?

“Someone’s Daughter” by Ashley C. Ford.

What made you want to get this book in the first place?

Memoirs are my favorite genre of books to read, and this book has been recommended by several authors I like, including John Green, Roxane Gay, and Brené Brown. I also wanted to read it because the author is from Hoosier.

Once you got into the book, what made you want to keep reading it?

As Ashley tells her story, she made me feel the conflicts she felt between her family and her own identity. The prose was compelling, but I kept reading because I was supporting Ashley.

When you finished the book, what did you enjoy?

I love a good coming-of-age story, and Ford writes one with wit and vulnerability. The writer has such compassion for the other characters in his story despite his complicated emotions. Ashley’s hope and resilience have made her a hero worth cheering on.

What is the book about?

Ashley’s father was incarcerated throughout her formative years. When she is an adult, she receives a phone call informing her that he is released. The book is about her tumultuous childhood, her complex relationship with her mother and grandmother, and her journey of self-discovery.

Why would you recommend this book to others?

The book is moving and deeply touched me personally. I think stories about other people’s experiences are so important, and every reader can find a bit of their own story in Ashley’s book. “Somebody’s Daughter” by Ashley C. Ford is available at the Jackson County Public Library and digitally through Libby or Overdrive. The author’s narrated version of the audiobook is also available on Libby or Overdrive.

Irene B. Bowles