The Shiniest Jewel

A Family Love Story


By Marian Henley

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A moving graphic memoir that poignantly recounts Marian Henley's trials and tribulations in her late 40s: adopting a baby from Russia, deciding whether to marry her younger boyfriend, and coping with her elderly father's illness.

At 49, cartoonist Marian Henley hasn't committed to marrying the man with whom she has been dating for seven years. But as the Big 5-0 looms, she realizes that above all else she wants a child. Her story follows the heartbreaking ups and downs of going through the international adoption process; deciding when it's time to grow up and maybe even get married; and in the end, it's the story of a daughter's relationship with her father, and how becoming a mother finally led her to understand him.

The Shiniest Jewel is a touching narrative, accompanied by Marian's winsome drawings, that beautifully weaves together her realizations about the joy, and sometimes heartbreak, of building a family.


On Sale
Sep 15, 2008
Page Count
176 pages

Marian Henley

About the Author

Marian Henley‘s comic strips have appeared in More, Glamour, Ms., Heavy Metal, MAD, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Weekly, Dallas Morning News, Texas Monthly, Austin Chronicle, Utne Reader, and many other newspapers and magazines. Live-action video adaptations of her comic strip have aired on PBS and The Learning Channel. She is the author of Maxine!, a graphic novel, and Laughing Gas, a collection of comic strips. Marian lives in Los Angeles with her husband Rick and their son William.

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