Enthusiasts of The Glass Castle and Angela's Ashes will enjoy this remarkable tale of survival and resilience recorded in spare and convincing prose. Written from a child's stage of view from ages 4 to 17, this tale describes the turbulent childhood of the creator in nineteen seventies Las Vegas.
The desert perimeter serves as a very hot, dry and harmful barrier that shuts out the rest of the vivid world and bleaches away any sense of the pleasure that hues childhoods. Born into an ongoing cycle of alcoholism and abandonment amidst fallen grown ups, Marlayna develops a powerful sense of self-preservation in contrast to the men and women entrusted with her care. Her tale explores the personalities of the weird characters who populate her daily life as she moves from residence to residence, father or mother to father or mother, family members to family members and in the end to homelessness at the age of fourteen. Out of the resources of her outstanding childhood emerges an interior energy that will allure and captivate readers and stay in their consciousness extended soon after the previous webpage of her tale has been turned.
"The language of gambling tends to make an fascinating and recurrent motif all through this memoir, asserting that it is only by chance that any one particular of us could have traveled this extremely very same street. Decks are shuffled, hands are played. An in the end uplifting, wonderfully prepared, and inspiring memoir." - Fiona Edmonds