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By Marian Henley

At forty nine, cartoonist Marian Henley hasn't devoted to marrying the guy with whom she has been relationship for seven years. yet because the titanic 5-0 looms, she realizes that principally else she desires a baby. Her tale follows the heartbreaking ups and downs of dealing with the overseas adoption procedure; determining whilst it is time to develop up and even perhaps get married; and finally, it is the tale of a daughter's courting along with her father, and the way changing into a mom ultimately led her to appreciate him. THE SHINIEST JEWEL is a touching narrative, followed through Marian's winsome drawings, that superbly weaves jointly her realizations concerning the pleasure, and occasionally heartbreak, of creating a relatives.

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I additionally are looking to thank Oksana, my compassionate and effective interpreter in Vladivostok. In lesser palms, the whole lot may have crumbled. i'm additionally indebted to a tender cabdriver in Moscow named Mit. I want i may locate him and thank him in individual. He helped me out of a frightening state of affairs. thank you additionally to my relatives, my pals, and my parents-in-law, Bi and Dick Wupperman, for beginning up their hearts to William. My agent, Betsy Amster, provided willing editorial insights and total encouragement that helped make this ebook click on. So did the novelist Lewis Shiner, an established good friend who has gamely critiqued my paintings for years. Kenna Nevill contributed her time and laptop services. My editor, Karen Murgolo, and assistant editor, Tom Hardej, had many fabulous feedback for advancements, which I fortunately carried out. it might be most unlikely to thank the rustic of Russia for giving me my son. yet I’ll attempt. Spaciba. in regards to the writer Marian Henley’s comedian strips have seemed in Glamour, Ms. , Heavy steel, MAD, the San Francisco Chronicle, los angeles Weekly, the Dallas Morning information, Texas per month, the Austin Chronicle, Utne Reader, and lots of different newspapers and magazines. Quaker Oats approved one in all her characters for a countrywide tv advertisement, and she or he used to be offered a furnish to supply live-action video variations of her cartoon, which aired on PBS and the educational Channel. She is the writer of the photograph novel Maxine! and giggling fuel, a set of comedian strips. Marian now lives in Austin, Texas, together with her husband, Rick, and their son, William.

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