Following the author's wildly beloved award-winning Overlay and City of Angeles memoirs, BIG AS ALL HELL AND HALF OF TEXAS continues the author's story. 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 the moment City of Angeles ends, the author shares the vignettes of her life - replete with enlightening mistakes, edifying consequences, forgiveness and personal redemption. This memoir is an honest and inspirational account of the author's ultimately successful battles with depression, divorce, single parenting, and ill-fitting love affairs.
I went through some pretty tough times before and after my divorce. I didn't handle it well because I kept trying to obtain love from emotionally unavailable men. A relationship is not necessary for survival. I didn't need a boy friend or husband at that point in my life. Your book helped me to see that I need to forgive the people who have hurt me.
I could relate to Marlayna's parents, however I wasn't subjected to near the pain she dealt with. Just like Marlayna, I had the same type of ex-husband. This book made me see that I am not a victim, and it's the choices we make that determine that.
I loved the way the story ends, but I can't say anything about that because it would give too much away. I'll miss this author's stories and I really hope she continues to write.