Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Shiniest Jewel: Great adoption graphic memoir

The Shiniest Jewel: A Family Love StoryThe Shiniest Jewel: A Family Love Story by Marian Henley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Marian Henley writes the great comic strip "Maxine." In this comic novel--which took me only a day to read--she chronicles her journey to adopt a little boy from Russia, at the age of 50. In the space of a few weeks, she turns 50, gets married for the first time to her partner of several years, adopts her son from Russia, and loses her father. She does a beautiful job of portraying all of these life-changing, poignant events in graphic format. Loved it. What a wonderful love story in memory of her father and to her son, who share the same name.

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