August 5, 1960 |
Columbia University School of the Arts
|Notable works||A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
Lies My Mother Never Told Me
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.
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.
In 2011, Jones was instrumental in publishing an uncensored edition of James Jones' From Here to Eternity. 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.
- As Soon as It Rains (Doubleday, 1986)
- Quite the Other Way (Doubleday, 1989)
- A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (Bantam Books, 1990)
- Celeste Ascending (HarperCollins, 2000)
- Speak Now (Akashic, 2003)
- Lies My Mother Never Told Me (HarperCollins/William Morrow, 2009)
- Jones bio, New York Writers Workshop. Accessed May 30, 2014.
- Maslin, Janet. "Book of the Times: A Daughter’s Memoir, a Mother’s Anguish," New York Times (Aug. 31, 2009).
- Kellogg, Carolyn. "Profanity and more to be found in uncensored 'From Here to Eternity' e-book," Los Angeles Times (Apr. 5, 2011).
- Bosmna, Julie. "James Jones' 'From Here to Eternity' is Uncensored," New York Times (Apr. 5, 2011).
- Bullock, Gregory. "Kaylie Jones: A Soldier's Daughter," East Hampton Star (Nov. 25, 2013).
- Official website
- Jones bio, Harper Collins website
- Holden, J. Z. "The Beautiful Creator - Kaylie Jones," Hamptons.com (July 20, 2006)
- Lybarger, Dan. "Keeping up with the Joneses: An Interview with Kaylie Jones," Pitch Weekly (Jan. 14-20, 1999). Archived at TipJar.com.