LATEST NEWS - I'm in the Dominican Republic for the month of May to plan my next book and formally learn espanol! My next book will be a memoir, about travel, but unlike anything I have written before. Stay tuned!
About Overlay - A Tale of One Girl's Life in 1970s Las Vegas
*2013 Winner of a Next Generation Indie Book Award*
Fans of The Glass Castle, The Liar's Club and Angela's Ashes will appreciate this award-winning true tale of survival and resilience recorded in spare and convincing prose. This memoir describes the author's turbulent 1970s Las Vegas childhood in a haunting voice full of simple youthful perception.
Out of the resources of her remarkable childhood emerges an inner strength that will charm and captivate readers and remain in their consciousness long after the last page of her story has been turned.
About City of Angeles
Following the wildly popular award-winning Overlay: A Tale Of One Girl's Life In 1970s Las Vegas, the author continues her remarkable journey in City of Angeles, revealing the underside of a life lived in 1980s Los Angeles.
This searing, often bizarre tale of Marlayna's teens and twenties reveals the author's flight from Las Vegas to the formidable world of self re-invention among the angels and demons populating 1980s Los Angeles. The author unflinchingly begets a self from the unlikeliest beginnings, and now delivers a sequel illustrating both heaven and hell on her continuing flight for self discovery.
About Big as all Hell and Half of Texas
This final volume candidly explores the pertinent societal question: how does an ill-equipped adult child of alcoholics navigate life after a childhood fraught with abuse, scarcity and neglect? Continuing her engrossing journey from where City of Angeles ends, the author tells the tales of her life - replete with enlightening mistakes, edifying consequences and ultimately forgiveness and personal redemption. This honest and inspiration accounting of the author's struggle with depression, divorce, single parenting and dating will strike a chord with many readers.
About Forty-Something Phoenix: A Travel Memoir
Marlayna now shares lessons learned in six months traveling through fourteen countries. Readers will find hope in this true story that teaches the wisdom of creating and receiving miracles on a journey of self-discovery by saying “Yes.”
Marlayna had been a single parent for fifteen years when she felt she had nothing left of herself to give. Drained and empty, she writes, "I'd reached a point in my life where something had to give, and it could no longer be me."
In Forty-Something Phoenix, she discovers how passion can arise unexpectedly from the ashes of one life to craft another. This memoir redefines the love story; illustrating how self-acceptance and self-love can be renewed when exploring the disparities, similarities, histories, loves and losses in other cultures.
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See below for a chapter-based short film from Overlay, written and produced by Marlayna Glynn Brown in association with Best Studios.