Quotes by Kaylie Jones

"Medical research has revealed that in about one-tenth of the population, the liver processes alcohol differently, releasing a chemical messenger that creates the craving for another drink; once that second drink is taken, the desire is doubled. But the real problem of the alcoholic is actually centered in the mind, because we can’t remember why it was such a bad idea to pick up that first drink. Once we start, we can’t stop; and when we stop, we can’t remember why we shouldn’t start again. It is a form of mental illness, like a manic-depressive who, after being stabilized on medication for a while, suddenly decides she is fine and no longer needs her pills."

"I had a friend in high school named Sally Newlyn who explained what had gone wrong with God's plan for the world. During one of her schizophrenic episodes, she told me that God had given mankind a finite number of souls. He set them free in the sky where they orbited silently until they were needed for the newly conceived. He intended for the souls to be reincarnated so that humanity would grow more generous and wise with each generation. But God had underestimated man's propensity to go forth and multiply, and so, on our planet today, millions of bodies were roaming the earth searching in the vain for a soul."

"You’re in the hallway and it feels scary right now but just keep going. There’s another door, and you’re going to find it. And then the whole world is going to open up to you."

"I remembered my father telling me when I was a little girl, "Guilt is bullshit. Don't ever let anyone make you feel guilty."

"No is a sentence with a period at the end of it."

Books by Kaylie Jones

  • The Anger Meridian
  • 162 ratings
  • July 7th 2015 by Akashic Books

    (first published June 15th 2015)

  • Celeste Ascending
  • 126 ratings
  • April 3rd 2001 by Harper Perennial

    (first published April 5th 2000)

  • Little Beasts
  • 84 ratings
  • July 7th 2015 by Kaylie Jones Books

    (first published June 15th 2015)

  • Starve the Vulture
  • 46 ratings
  • January 6th 2015 by Kaylie Jones Books

    (first published December 3rd 2014)

  • Speak Now
  • 32 ratings
  • November 1st 2005 by Akashic Books

    (first published 2003)

Kaylie Jones
  • Kaylie Jones

  • Date of birth: August 05, 1960
  • Born: in Paris, France.

  • Description: Kaylie was born in Paris, France and attended French schools until she returned with her family to the U.S. in 1974. Her father was the novelist James Jones.

    Kaylie began to study Russian as her third language at age 8, and continued to study the language and literature through her four undergraduate years at Wesleyan University and her two years at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she received her MFA in Writing.

    Kylie Jones has published six books, the most recent a memoir, Lies My Mother Never Told Me. Her novel A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries was adapted as a Merchant Ivory film in 1998.

    Jones has been teaching for more than twenty-five years, and is a faculty member in the Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Creative Writing & Literature program and in Wilkes University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. She is the author of Speak Now and the editor of Long Island Noir. Her newest endeavor is her publishing imprint with Akashic Books, Kaylie Jones Books.