Lies My Mother Never Told Me : A Memoir

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-08-17
  • Publisher: Harpercollins
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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.

Author Biography

Kaylie Jones is the author of Celeste Ascending, As Soon as It Rains, and A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries, which was made into a film starring Kris Kristofferson and Barbara Hershey.

Table of Contents

˘I'm All Alone÷
City of Lightsp. 5
˘You Ever Finish That Book You Were Writing?÷
Fictionp. 24
˘The Best Cocksucker in New York City÷
Lovep. 39
˘Who Do You Think You Are, Frank Sinatra?÷
Birth of a Studentp. 54
˘And for God's Sake Don't Fuck Frank Sinatra÷
Birth of a Writerp. 71
˘This Is Not the Chesa Grischuna÷
The Black Hand of Godp. 97
÷Be Careful Where You Swim÷
Powerlessnessp. 116
˘Votre file est tombÚe sur son dos÷
The Brinkp. 147
˘What Money?÷
Gracep. 170
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