Lies My Mother Never Told Me by Kaylie Jones
A Memoir

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In her riveting memoir Lies My Mother Never Told Me, Kaylie Jones—the daughter of author James Jones (From Here to Eternity) and an acclaimed author in her own right (A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries; Celeste Ascending; As Soon As It Rains)—tells the poignant story of her relationship with her famous father and her alcoholic mother, and of her own struggles with the disease. A true story of privilege, loss, self-discovery, and redemption, Lies My Mother Never Told Me is Jones’s unforgettable account of a not-quite-fairy-tale childhood and adulthood defined by two constants: literature and alcohol.

 

About Kaylie Jones

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Kaylie Jones is the author of five novels, including Celeste Ascending and A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries, which was released as a Merchant Ivory film in 1998. Jones's novels have been translated into many languages including German, French, Japanese, and Italian. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
 
Published August 18, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 402 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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Jones eventually married good guy Kevin and had a lovely daughter, Eyrna, whose verbal ability, we learn, is “literally off the chart for her age.” In prose lathered with cliché and peppered liberally with evanescent epiphanies, the author seems to see God at one point, then takes up tae kwan do,...

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After Kaylie Jones’s father, the writer James Jones, died on May 9, 1977, sodden cries of “Where’s my daddy?” and “I want my daddy” were heard in the Jones living room.

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Accomplished author Jones (A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries), daughter of famed literary figure James Jones, has spent most of her life avoiding the twin parental legacies of fame and alcoholism.

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Examiner

“If art can come out of the worst then there may be a reason for it,” said Kaylie Jones at the Decatur Book Festival in 2009 when the hardcover debut of her memoir, Lies My Mother Never Told Me, was introduced.

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The Washington Post

"Lies My Mother Never Told Me" is an homage to a beloved father, whose legacy Kaylie Jones wants to honor and carry forward, but it also is a revelation of her mother's vicious and destructive narcissism.

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USA Today

Kaylie Jones is the daughter of James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity.

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The American Book Center Blog

This book tells the story of Kaylie Jones, daughter of writer James Jones (most famous for the book From Here to Eternity).

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