IN oRBit: THE WAR AT HOME

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Dad was the famous novelist who wrote From Here to Eternity; Mom was a glamorous being who was friends with people like Jackie O — and home was Paris in the 1960s, where some of the world’s most renowned writers, artists and actors regularly came to visit, and the drinks flowed, and flowed and flowed.

Novelist and educator Kaylie Jones (right) would seem to have had a storybook upbringing— but as we observe in today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit, it was an environment where “keeping up with the Joneses meant going drink-for-drink against people who could be as competitive about their consumption of cordials as they were in their passionate professional pursuits.” With the publication of her memoir Lies My Mother Never Told Me, Jones details the devastation that alcoholism wrought upon a family in which literature and liquor were given equal heft.

The author comes to Red Bank tonight for a reading and signing appearance at NovelTeas Authors Aromas & Gifts on Bridge Avenue — and we’ve got an exclusive interview, right here in the paperless pages of Red Bank oRBit!