Acceptance struggles to emerge from a cocoon of family secrets . . .
Ashes to Ink: A Memoir
You Are Loved...an email memoir
Lisa Lucca & Mark Mathias
If the choice to live an authentic life came with a steep price, would you pay it?
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.
RAVE REVIEWS for You Are Loved:
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Great Story Great Escape!"
"I truly enjoyed this story, I found myself relating to so many different aspects of it... A classic love story, a friendship that stands the test of time, and a love unbroken throughout all it's trials and tribulations... A terrific story to get lost in!"
5.0 out of 5 stars "Lovely"
"This book was amazing. Told strictly via email exchanged between the two authors, without comment or explanation, this is a beautifully engaging love story.
"My only quibble was that I wanted more follow-up once these two were in the same city to give us some hope to balance the large chunks of the book that were so heart-squeezingly sad.
I cried buckets at the end, for the difficult choices and decisions they made in order to be true to themselves. It was clear throughout that these two held such strong and deep feelings for each other, but their road wasn't easy. A journey of over 30 years together, I particularly found Mark's pain and struggle to hit me right in my chest, more than once. Thank you both for this uncensored look into your hearts."
5.0 out of 5 stars "What a True Story!"
"This book is non-put-down-able.
I stayed up all night to read it.
Just had to know how the true story ended!
I felt privileged to hear the real conversations between friends who became lovers after years and years. It was honest and truthful and vulnerable.
Not only that, the maturity of their respect for each other is awe-inspiring.
Bravo to this brave twosome - who happen to write from the heart and write wonderfully well to each other."
5.0 out of 5 stars "LOVE you are loved!"
"I loved this book! It took me through such a wide range of emotions - it made me happy, angry, sad, laugh, cry and think. It's an amazing true love story, about developing a deep friendship over 20 years or so, and about two people being very REAL and honest with each other. Men AND women, of any age, in any type of relationship could benefit from reading this story. This would be an excellent book for a book club discussion so get it and recommend it at your next club meeting!"
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When lifelong friends Mark and Lisa reconnect after many years, they are both seeking something more in their ordinary lives. Cynical about marriage, yet devoted to his young daughter, Mark is seeking life purpose and direction, while single mom Lisa is embarking on a new career and looking for love.
So begins a ten-year email conversation that delves into life’s biggest questions about true love, meaningful work, and connecting with God. Capturing the essence of what it means to risk everything and redefine your life, Mark and Lisa’s story takes you on a journey that explores the nature of love, truth and the choices that shape our lives.
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“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 and founder of the acclaimed Haven Writing Retreats.
“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
“A power punch of a book by the glorious Lisa Lucca, Ashes to Ink is filled with rage and sorrow…and much humor… with human emotion in each chapter. Lisa's memoir is all about LOVE, the wanting, the needing, the longing, the acceptance. From a parent whose lifestyle flattens her, to the seeking of love with men who challenge her, to finding the right one... this is a memoir about family—the down and dirty—about searching and forgiveness. Filled with so much truth, this memoir gives you ample time to hold your breath and exhale. Read it, devour it, allow yourself to creep into the uncomfortableness—Lisa gives us all the rare opportunity to see ourselves in the dazzling and magnificent mirror she holds up for us.” —Amy Ferris, Author of Marrying George Clooney, Confessions from a Midlife Crisis
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