A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries: A Novel

Akashic Books
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A girl comes of age in Paris with her expatriate family—and struggles with sibling rivalry—in a “delightful” novel that “captures the essence of childhood” (Library Journal).
 
Based on the author’s life with her famous father, novelist James Jones, A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries tells the story of Channe Willis, who happily lives with her parents in Paris. But when they adopt a French boy named Benoit—ending Channe’s only-child status—her idyllic world is disrupted, and the relationships among this unusual family turn volatile. The basis for a Merchant Ivory film, this is a “discerning, brightly written” novel about love and loss (Library Journal).
 
“Although we’ve gotten used to second-generation actors equaling or surpassing the accomplishments of their parents, the same hasn’t happened with second-generation novelists. Nonetheless there are a few . . . and added to their small number ought to be Kaylie Jones.” —TheNew York Times
 
“Every page is a joy.” —Sue Harrison, Self Magazine
 
Includes a new introduction by the author and a previously unpublished chapter
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About the author

Kaylie Jones moved to Sagaponack in 1975, where her family continued to live for more than thirty years. She is the author of more than five novels, including A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, and the memoir Lies My Mother Never Told Me. She teaches in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton, and in the Wilkes University low-residency MFA program in professional writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
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Publisher
Akashic Books
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Published on
Dec 22, 2013
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Pages
210
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ISBN
9781617752254
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Biographical
Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / Family Life / Siblings
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