A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries by Kaylie Jones, an American who was born and raised in Paris, and the daughter of author James Jones, whose National Book Award-winning novel From Here to Eternity was adapted into the eponymous Academy Award-winning film, is her semi-autobiographical period-set literary novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.
This was originally published in 1990 by Bantam, and was adapted into the Merchant Ivory film of the same name. The story explores complicated themes of family and culture, based upon the author’s own upbringing in Paris during the 1960s as the only child of an American expat family and experiences there as her parents adopt another child, and then the transition back to the States and the ensuing cultural shock for the children who have only known France.
Offered DRM-free through midnight December 22nd, available worldwide directly from the publisher as part of their holiday advent calendar promotion.
Free for a limited time until around midnight EST December 22nd (I think the download stays up several hours longer, but the offer officially expires then) @ the the publisher’s blog (DRM-free ePub & Mobi available worldwide), and you can read more about the book and its author over at the regular catalogue page
The inspiration for the Merchant Ivory film starring Kris Kristofferson, Barbara Hershey, and Leelee Sobieski, A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries is a rich and poignant family story from the daughter of novelist James Jones. Back in print, this new edition includes an author’s introduction reflecting on the process of developing a screenplay from her novel, as well as a previously unpublished chapter, “Mother’s Day,” that was left out of the original Bantam edition.
Based on the author’s early years in Paris with her famous father, A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries chronicles the growth of an extraordinary family. Previously the adored only child, Channe finds her world disrupted by the adoption of a French brother, Benoit. This inspired novel explores the complex, volatile relationship between a brother, a sister, a mother, and a father as they confront their own experiences of orphanhood.