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Overlay: A Tale of One Girl's Life in 1970s Las Vegas (Marlayna Glynn Brown Memoirs) [Kindle Edition]

Marlayna Glynn Brown

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In the bestselling vein of Jeanette Walls and Frank McCourt, the award-winning author delivers her addicting breakout novel - a mesmerizing page-turning memoir epic that is quickly becoming a classic.

Set in transient 1970s Las Vegas, OVERLAY is the fighting-to-come-of-age story of a resilient child born into a cycle of alcoholism and abandonment. The author develops a powerful sense of self-preservation in contrast to the fallen adults entrusted with her care. Her profound story explores the characters and events populating her life as she moves from home to home, parent to parent, family to family, ultimately becoming homeless at the age of fourteen.

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.

The Glass Castle meets Angela's Ashes meets The Liars' Club in this enlightening tale that has it all: a heartbreaking story, troubled characters, and redemption, making OVERLAY the ultimate memoir of our time.

*2013 Winner of a Next Generation Indie Book Award*

About the Author

Marlayna Glynn Brown is an American author, speaker, and award winning photographer. Immediately upon publication, Marlayna's first memoir, Overlay: A Tale of One Girl's Life in 1970s Las Vegas, was honored by the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards with an Overcoming Adversity award. 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, and a fiction work entitled Come Back For Me. Her articles are featured on Huffington Post, PBS Next Avenue, Elephant Journal, The Good Men Project, 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 now makes her home 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

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1920 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bawer House Artisanal Publishing (Jan. 16 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IKDI0Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,728 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept reading well into the night...didn't want the story to end March 27 2012
By Ann Ryan - Published on
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I couldn't put the book down; I kept turning the pages, reading well into the night.

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.
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She acheives what few authors do: making you care April 3 2012
By Kelly - Published on
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When I picked up this book, a part of me expected a quick read akin to the reprinting of years of diary entries. What I didn't expect was that within a few pages of the end, I would realize that in what remained of the story there was no way I was going to learn as much of her as I wanted to know.

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.
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting July 19 2012
By Mary Ann Castro - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
An easy read, seemed like the child herself was writing. Her lonely life was sad, and also the life of the surrounding children were very sad. I am a few years older than she, and I too had an alcoholic father who left us when I was 6 and the youngest of 4. When my mother had to go on welfare, we finally had fruit and other good food in the house. At least I did have a loving mother who sewed clothes for us and rode the bus everywhere and took us to clinics for our health and once for my teeth. (I too had bad teeth.) I'm glad she has children of her own to finally have a family. I do want to continue to read her next book to see how as an adult, she dealt with men, drinking, smoking, eating habits, and bringing up a family.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable Memoir Jan. 9 2013
By our3BEES - Published on
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I was hooked right away on this book. I truly could not put it down. It is a memoir about the author's life from ages 4-17. It was hard to hear of her struggles, especially knowing there are so many children with similar experiences. Her strength was very inspiring and would help others with similar struggles. I did not agree with her statement at the end that she takes responsibility for her actions. It felt as though she was putting part blame on herself which I didn't understand. She was a victim of her circumstances but she handled it the best that she could. Children in those situations have no choices-just survival.
I will definitely be reading her next book.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Edited May 28 2013
By KAmandaR - Published on
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Marlayna's story is captivating. I stayed up way too late just to find out what would happen next. She is a gifted storyteller. However, the book itself is poorly edited. Glaring grammatical errors, misspelled words, and mixed up character names are found throughout the book. They distracted me from enjoying the story. Ms. Brown is a gifted writer. She needs a better editor!

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