The Shiniest Jewel by Marian Henley

December 7, 2008 at 7:37 am (Book Review) (, , , , , )

This small book is one of a kind.  It combines the memoir with the form of a graphic novel.  The artwork is black and white and simply drawn, and at first I was unimpressed.  I have seen better artwork in a variety of webcomics.

Something about the starkness of the art though, mirrored the stark language in the memoir.  It wasn’t that it was simply written, but that you had the feeling that Marian Henley put all of herself out there to see as a way of talking about what her adoption experience was like.

This memoir is more than just an adoption story though, it is about transitions and the place between things – the transition into motherhood, the transition from confirmed bachlorette to married woman, the transition of her father from life to death…and how she handles each change as it comes.  The story through its wording exudes a sense of taking life as it comes, its ups and downs with dignity.


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