"Outstanding piece of writing. Recommended for anyone. An unbelievable story, well written, really a classic young teen novel. Recommended highly."- Janis Moorhouse
"One pitfall that Brown avoids is that lugubrious pit of self-pity that taint so many memoirs of similar life conditions." Grady Harp - Vine Voice
"The language of gambling makes an interesting and recurrent motif throughout this memoir, asserting that it is only by chance that any one of us could have traveled this very same road. Decks are shuffled, hands are played. An ultimately uplifting, beautifully written, and inspiring memoir." - Fiona Edmonds
"I have read all three books by Marlayna Glynn Brown and will say they are the best books I have read. I highly recommend her books if one is interested in the cold, hard truth of so many kids these days." Jean Malik
"One notable writer said a miserable childhood is an author's gold mine. Marlayna comes from the motor lode of miserable childhoods and she has spun an exceptional narrative from her nightmare." R. Vincent
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Subsequent publications include City of Angeles, Big as All Hell And Half of Texas, The Trilogy, Rest In Places: My Father's Post Life Journey Around The World, The Scattering of All: Tales From Extraordinary Survivors of Suicide Loss and Come Back For Me.
Marlayna's award winning photography includes subjects in more than 25 countries. Her short film, People That do Something can be viewed on Marlayna's Youtube channel.
To learn more please visit www.marlaynaglynnbrown.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A story of survival even in the most terrible of circumstances. A child who lost her innocence early on due to her mother's neglect and her father's alcoholism, but who ended up rising above it, guided by her own morality and sense of right/wrong, despite never being taught. It came from somewhere; within.
This book is about the author's childhood but I think there should be a sequel: I want to know how she managed to navigate this world as an adult when she essentially had to learn it all on her own. How did those childhood experiences shape her as she entered her 20s, 30s...? I guess that is a testament to the author: That I was left with wanting more, and was sad when the story ended.
Some authors are able to help the reader create an emotional connection with the characters they create, and in so doing make the reader somewhat sad at the final turn of the page that their journey with that character has ended. Forevermore these characters linger in our mind's eye, and we imagine that somewhere, in some dimension into which the author was able to give us a glimpse, the character is alive and continuing their journey. Marlayna accomplishes the same feeling of connection with her main character, a fact that is made all the more overwhelming when the reader realizes that her protagonist is not a fictional creation; she is real. And she weaves this story with a humanity that leaves the reader feeling as if the emotions could leap from the pages to underscore particularly poignant observations.
One of the things that make writing a memoir tricky (aside from overcoming the obvious question of "who would care?") is in telling a real life story in such a way that the reader feels as if the journey is shared and extraordinary, but not pedantic. Anyone wanting to know what it is like to navigate the minefield that is poverty and addiction, a task difficult enough for adults, but harder yet for children, needs to read this book. In her uniquely simple, unassuming way Ms. Brown presents her story in a fashion that leaves you with an undeniable urge to invent a time machine just to find her adolescent self, wrap her in a protective embrace and offer a heartfelt promise that "it will all be okay." And you'll mean it when you wish that you could.
I will definitely be reading her next book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read! I don't always enjoy memoirs but found this one difficult to put down! I would definitely recommend this book.Published 2 days ago by Chrisann Reid
This book moved along at a good pace. I couldn't put it down. This little girl was more of a parent than a kid. What an awful way to grow up but with much success as an adult.Published 5 days ago by Kathleen W. Albro
This is by far one of my favorite memoirs. Such a raw look into the life of poverty, alcoholism, and perseverance. I was so sad to finish it! Read morePublished 7 days ago by lucas007
What an amazing story, I just had to keep reading it to see how it all turned out! What a survivor!Published 16 days ago by Kirby's Mom
Overall I enjoyed this book. There are some rough patches that should have been caught by editors. Names change at random in several spots and it took some figuring to find out... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Linda K. Lujan
This book is truly a testament to what the human spirit can endure. The fact that Marlayna survived her childhood is amazing and a tribute to her courage. Read morePublished 23 days ago by midwest grandma
Very depressing book. I would like to know how she got herself out of the rotten life she had to become successful.Published 1 month ago by Jody
I finished it. My heart goes out to Marlayna. What a horrible childhood. She seems like she has a good life now. Talk about overcoming adversity.Published 1 month ago by Maria St John
A true bio which almost reads like a novel, this is a story of pain, abandonment, abuse and neglect as told by the author; in which she is artfully coming to grips with her past,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Flap