Kaylie Jones’ imagined lunch with her father is included in the collection One Last Lunch: A Final Meal with Those Who Meant So Much to Us. Her essay was written as the malaria-fueled fever dreams of her father, James Jones, who was serving in WWII.
One Last Lunch is edited by Erica Heller, daughter of Joseph Heller, who asked friends and family of authors, artists, musicians, comedians, actors, and others, to recount a fantastic repast. Muffie Meyer and her documentary subject Little Edie Beale go to a deli in Montreal. Kirk Douglas asks his father what he thought of him becoming an actor. Sara Moulton dines with her friend Julia Child. The Anglican priest George Pitcher has lunch with Jesus. These richly imagined stories are endlessly revealing, about the subject, the writer, the passage of time, regret, gratitude, and the power of enduring love.