Overlay: One Girl's Life in 1970s Las Vegas by Marlayna Glynn

Set in glamorous 1970s Las Vegas, OVERLAY is the fighting-to-come-of-age story of a resilient child born into an ongoing cycle of alcoholism and abandonment.

Overlay: one girl's life in 1970s las vegas

Set in glamorous 1970s Las Vegas, OVERLAY is the fighting-to-come-of-age story of a resilient child born into an ongoing cycle of alcoholism and abandonment. Marlayna 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. 

*2013 Winner of a Next Generation Indie Book Award*


Secondary Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers

Language: English


Word Count: 110,000

Sales info:

Overlay has been a consistent high seller since publication March 2012.

Currently, the book is:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238 Paid in Kindle Store 

#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature > Authors
#1 in Books > Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature > Authors
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Biographies & Memoirs > Regional U.S. > West

Sample text:

“I will never drink or smoke,” I announce to my mother, pausing for what is most certainly a dramatic effect. I snap my mouth closed and wait, sitting comfortably cross-legged on the shiny bathroom countertop to watch her apply makeup.

The elegant tips of her fingers circle the liquid black eyeliner around her eyes. Her concentration on this delicate act is fierce. Her small frame is bent forward from her trim waist as she weaves the tiny black brush between her long lashes. Although I know each minuscule movement of her hand brings her one step closer to leaving me, I am transfixed by the mysterious process of makeup application. I sit solemnly, watching as she carefully peels twinned lashes from their white plastic container and presses them to her upper eyelids. Her mouth creates a dark O as she blinks with every deliberate stroke of the mascara brush. The result of this process is a secret face, not unlike a distorted view through a dirty window. The face now reflected back to me in the mirror isn’t the real face of my mother at all.  




Book translation status:

The book is available for translation into any language except those listed below:

Already translated. Translated by Bruno Mazza
Author review:
If you're looking for an Italian translation, I highly recommend you look no further than Bruno Mazza. Most importantly, his translation was impeccable. Furthermore he was highly communicative, engaged and easy to communicate with throughout the entire translation process. He went above and beyond the translation itself, by doing research to learn how to present American culture in language Italian readers would understand. Since my material dealt with a specific time and culture, I appreciated very much Bruno's efforts to translate the time and culture to a different language and time. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Already translated. Translated by Iran Mendoza Cardenas
Author review:
Super easy to work with. Highly recommended!

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