Parnassus books is thrilled to welcome Layng Martine, Jr. author of Permission to Fly.
Permission to Fly tells the true story of boy born into a kind and happy family who grows to realize the executive world his father inhabits may not be his destiny. Thanks to his remarkable mother, Layng is given “permission to fly” early on. Armed with optimism, curiosity, creativity, determination and a wry sense of humor, he begins his amazing journey of many painful-but-educational steps and missteps. PERMISSION TO FLY is about love, raising kids, sticking to what matters and paying the price for doing that. It’s about recovering from failure and heartbreak, maintaining friendships, and it’s about how much help we all need to get anywhere good in the world. Walking Layng’s uncharted path beside him, we witness the highest degrees of love, risk, hilarity, tragedy, resiliency and success. We encounter fabulously colorful characters and experiences that propel him towards the freedom and fulfillment he craves.
Layng Martine, Jr. grew up in Fairfield County, Connecticut. He was educated at Mount Hermon School, Denison University, and Columbia University. After a stint on Madison Avenue writing ads and a disastrous fling as a restaurant owner Layng and his wife Linda moved to Nashville where Layng could pursue his dream of writing songs and where they now live and have raised their three sons. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and wrote or co-wrote such songs as “The Greatest Man I Never Knew” (Reba McEntire) , “Rub It In” (Billy Crash Craddock), “Way Down” (Elvis Presley) and is the author of a NEW YORK TIMES most-emailed Modern Love essay.