Posted By trish on July 19, 2010
• Paperback: 400 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (August 17, 2010)
Her mother, Gloria, was a brainy knockout whose fierce wit could shock an audience into hilarity or silence. Her father was James Jones, the award-winning author of From Here to Eternity and other acclaimed novels of World War II . Kaylie Jones grew up amid such family friends as William Styron, Irwin Shaw, James Baldwin, and Willie Morris, and socialized with the likes of Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, and Kurt Vonnegut. When her father died from heart failure complicated by years of drinking, sixteen-year-old Kaylie was broken and lost, which in turn left her powerless to withstand her mother’s withering barbs and shattering criticism, or to halt Gloria’s further descent into the bottle—or that of her own.
Lies My Mother Never Told Me is a beautifully written tale of personal evolution, family secrets, second chances, and one determined woman’s journey to find her own voice.
Kaylie Jones is the author of five novels: A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, Speak Now, Celeste Ascending, As Soon As It Rains, and Quite The Other Way. Her novels have been translated into many languages, including French, German, Polish, Turkish, and Japanese.
Jones chairs the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, which awards $10,000 annually to an unpublished first novel. During the past 15 years, 12 of the winners have been published to impressive critical acclaim.
A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, based on Jones’s experiences growing up as the daughter of celebrated novelist James Jones (From Here To Eternity, The Thin Red Line, Whistle), was made into a Merchant-Ivory film starring Kris Kristofferson, Leelee Sobieski, Jesse Bradford, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Barbara Hershey, and Isaac de Bankole.
Jones is a graduate of Wesleyan University. She received her MFA from Columbia University and studied Russian at The Harriman Institute at Columbia University and the Pushkin Institute for Russian Studies in Moscow.
Jones currently teaches in the MFA Writing and Literature program at Stony Brook Southampton and at the Wilkes University MFA program in professional writing.
Born and raised in Paris, Jones lives in New York with her husband, daughter, and two mixed-breed mutts, Layla and Natalie.
Learn more about Kaylie at her website, www.kayliejones.com.
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