I spent last night with Kaylie Jones, author of the upcoming memoir Lies My Mother Never Told Me and the novels A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries, Speak Now, and Celeste Ascending. Kaylie told me about growing up as the daughter of James Jones who wrote--among other classics--From Here to Eternity. I met the famous writers (Bill Styron, Irwin Shaw, Willie Morris, and many more) who orbited around her father in Paris and the Hamptons. Kaylie showed me how her father helped to shape her as a writer and how keenly she felt his loss. I witnessed her difficult relationship with her glamorous and alcoholic mother. She told me about her own struggle to overcome an addiction to alcohol, to be a supportive wife and mother, and to flourish as a writer beneath the looming shadow of her famous father and her emotionally abusive mother.
No wonder I couldn't stop reading.
You and your students can spend a few minutes with Kaylie Jones by watching this video.