"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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Marlayna's published journey includes:
Overlay: A Tale of One Girl's Life in 1970s Las Vegas
City of Angeles
Big as All Hell and Half of Texas
The Trilogy: Memoirs of Marlayna Glynn Brown
One Day The Invitations Will Stop Arriving
Rest In Places: My Father's Post-Life Journey Around The World
The Scattering of All: Tales From Extraordinary Survivors of Suicide Loss
Come Back For Me
The Serious Memoirist: Write and Publish Your Memoir in Twenty Steps.
NEW for paranormal and horror fans: Under the pseudonym R R Maewa, find The Vigilant Series!
Her articles have been featured on Huffington Post, PBS Next Avenue, Elephant Journal, The Good Men Project and many blogs, and her work has been translated into many different languages.
As an advocate for mental health and suicide awareness, Marlayna was honored as the featured speaker at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Annual Out Of The Darkness Walk held at the Texas State Capital.
After traveling extensively, Marlayna has settled in the countryside surrounding Austin, Texas with her husband, two cats and visits from their seven children.
Find Marlayna's short film People That do Something, which is based on a chapter from Overlay, on Marlayna's Youtube channel. To contact Marlayna please visit www.marlaynaglynnbrown.com.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
I will definitely be reading her next book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reading this book was like seeing my youth written in a journal or diary. I enjoyed the book tremendously . I wanted to see how she handled the serious situations as they arose. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Theresa Burkel
Sad story of unloved child. Disappointed that happy ending is in another book.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very engaging story, I am already reading the third book in the series!Published 4 days ago by Monica F.
I could not stop reading this book, so well written! Just started to dvelve into book 2 and it is 4:11am :)Published 5 days ago by Dorothy C
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