Kaylie Jones

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Kaylie Jones
Born (1960-08-05) August 5, 1960 (age 57)
Paris, France[1]
Occupation Writer
Education Wesleyan University
Columbia University School of the Arts
Notable works A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
Lies My Mother Never Told Me
Spouse Kevin Heisler

Kaylie Jones (born 5 August 1960 in Paris, France) is an American writer, memoirist and novelist.


Jones is the daughter of National Book Award-winning novelist James Jones (From Here to Eternity), and Gloria Jones, a former actress and stand-in for Marilyn Monroe. Kaylie Jones grew up in Paris, France and Sagaponack, New York. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Columbia University School of the Arts.

She has taught in the public schools of New York City through Teachers & Writers Collaborative, and has organized a symposium at Southampton College in memory of her father, who died in 1977.

In 1998, Jones' book A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (published in 1990) became a Merchant Ivory film. The film was directed by James Ivory and starred Leelee Sobieski as Channe (the protagonist in the novel).

Lies My Mother Never Told Me (2009), a memoir, describes her life as the child of a celebrated author and a beautiful, competitive and witty mother, who became an editor at Doubleday with her friend, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Gloria Jones's close circle of friends included Lauren Bacall, Betty Comden, Phyllis Newman, and Ellen Adler, the daughter of Stella Adler. Kaylie Jones's relationship with her mother became more combative after her father's death in 1977.[2]

In 2011, Jones was instrumental in publishing an uncensored edition of James Jones' From Here to Eternity.[3][4] Her essay, "Judite", appears in the anthology Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting (2013), published by W. W. Norton & Company.

Jones helped found the MFA Program in Writing at Long Island University, which is now SUNY Stony Brook Southampton Campus, and the MFA Program in Writing at Wilkes University. She teaches memoir, literature and fiction writing at both universities.

Personal life[edit]

Jones is married to Kevin Heisler and has a daughter, Eyrna, born in 1997.[1][5]



  1. ^ a b Jones bio, New York Writers Workshop. Accessed May 30, 2014.
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet. "Book of the Times: A Daughter’s Memoir, a Mother’s Anguish," New York Times (Aug. 31, 2009).
  3. ^ Kellogg, Carolyn. "Profanity and more to be found in uncensored 'From Here to Eternity' e-book," Los Angeles Times (Apr. 5, 2011).
  4. ^ Bosmna, Julie. "James Jones' 'From Here to Eternity' is Uncensored," New York Times (Apr. 5, 2011).
  5. ^ Bullock, Gregory. "Kaylie Jones: A Soldier's Daughter," East Hampton Star (Nov. 25, 2013).

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