"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 and The Serious Memoirist: Write and Publish Your Memoir in Twenty Steps.
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.
Marlayna's diverse photography includes subjects in more than 25 countries and has won awards including Best in Show at Austin's Flatbed Press Gallery Fall Gathering of Photographers, First Place in the Austin Convention Center's Austinography Photo Contest, Photo of the Day for Los Angeles Convention Center's Discover Los Angeles, Honorable Mention in the Kutoa Travel Photo contest, and runner up in both the Emergent Artist Award Contest and KL Photoawards. Her work has been exhibited at a variety of venues.
After traveling extensively, Marlayna has settled in the countryside surrounding Austin, Texas with her husband, two cats and occasional 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.
Most Helpful 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
Hopefully people learn from these books and come forward to help sooner than anyone came forward for Marlayna. I am always amazed at
what goes on in some homes. Read more
Sad story of young girl growing up excellently told. This book made it possible for me to see another side of life. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Amazon Customer
This book kept me reading late into the night. Very well written and truly an amazing and incredible story. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Wendy
Very sad , honest & gripping memoir . These parents of the author were selfish alcoholics who shouldn't have had children . The writing & story captivated me in sad , sad way .Published 1 day ago by Sharebeauty
A raw and rough read. I like to identify somewhere along the line but found it hard to "connect" with the story. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Nadine Camara
Truly a unbelievable story, that keeps you mesmerized. How she managed to survive intact is remarkable.Published 2 days ago by maryann finke
I found the format of present tense throughout the book to be a bit jarring, but overall it's a good read. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kathryn Brettell
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