The powerHouse Arena is pleased to invite you to the book launch party for
Lies My Mother Never Told Me: A Memoir
By Kaylie Jones
Wednesday, August 26, 68PM
The powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn
For more information: (718) 666-3049
Join us at The powerHouse Arena for the book launch party of Lies My Mother Never Told Me: A Memoir. The author will read from her book and sign copies. Refreshments will be served. In her first memoir, the acclaimed author of A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries and the only daughter of award-winning novelist James Jones (From Here to Eternity) reveals the painful truth about a mother-daughter relationship torn apart by miscommunication and alcoholism.
"The perfect twentieth-century hybridthe drunkalog/celebrity autobioby the
daughter of iconic author James (From Here to Eternity) Jones is a cut above
the rest, thanks to Jones' dry wit and some fantastic literary anecdotes about
not sleeping with Frank Sinatra, and what to do when your famous, late father's
famous best friend propositions you when you're barely twenty."
Sara Nelson, The Daily Beast
About Lies My Mother Never Told Me:
"I know now that if I see my father again, in a death bed vision, I will tell him I was not able to keep my deep-sworn vow to him to stop my mother from drinking," writes Kaylie Jones in her new book, Lies My Mother Never Told Me (William Morrow, August, 2009). "But I am not sorry. I could not have stopped her. It was not my responsibility." A simple realizationbut one that took years of pain and hard work to achieve as Jones reveals in this page-turning memoir that is as inspiring as it is engrossing.
As the only daughter of the award-winning novelist James Jones (From Here to Eternity), Kaylie Jones grew up in the epicenter of the literary world. Her brilliant father and strikingly beautiful mother,
Gloria, counted such luminaries as James Baldwin, William Styron, Norman Mailer, Mary McCarthy, Willie Morris, Irwin Shaw, and Kurt Vonnegut among their circle of friends. But hidden behind the family's
glamorous image were alcoholism and emotional abuse that would eventually threaten to destroy Kaylie.
In Lies My Mother Never Told Me, the author explores her battle to conquer her own drinking problem, her efforts to honor a doting father who died much too young, andmost of allher struggle to come to terms with an alcoholic mother capable of incredible generosity and astonishing cruelty.
About the author:
Kaylie Jones is the author of several novels, including her debut book, As Soon As It Rains and the semi-autobiographical A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries, which was adapted into a film starring
Kris Kristofferson, Barbara Hershey, and Leelee Sobieski. Her other novels include Celeste Ascending, Speak Now, and Quite the Other Way. In between novels she writes short stories and screenplays.
Committed to nurturing the careers of aspiring writers, she has taught for years, both at the university level and in classes for "at risk" New York City teenagers. She also chairs the James Jones First Novel Fellowship.
Born in Paris, she is fluent in French and began studying Russian as her third language at the age of eight. She now lives in Manhattan with her husband Kevin and their daughter Eyrna.
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