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By Marian Henley

At forty nine, cartoonist Marian Henley hasn't dedicated to marrying the guy with whom she has been relationship for seven years. yet because the colossal 5-0 looms, she realizes that exceptionally else she wishes a toddler. Her tale follows the heartbreaking ups and downs of facing the foreign adoption method; identifying whilst it is time to develop up and even perhaps get married; and after all, it is the tale of a daughter's courting along with her father, and the way changing into a mom eventually led her to appreciate him. THE SHINIEST JEWEL is a touching narrative, followed by way of Marian's winsome drawings, that fantastically weaves jointly her realizations in regards to the pleasure, and infrequently heartbreak, of creating a family members.

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Com First booklet version: September 2008 ISBN: 978-0-446-54224-1 Contents Acknowledgments The Shiniest Jewel concerning the writer for william and Rick Acknowledgments Valentina, a lady whose final identify i don't understand, is the director of child health facility #3 in Vladivostok, Russia, the place William spent the 1st twenty-two months of his lifestyles. in addition to the hospital’s pediatrician, nurses, and caregivers, she has my eternal thank you for maintaining my son secure and sound. I additionally are looking to thank Oksana, my compassionate and effective interpreter in Vladivostok. In lesser fingers, the whole lot may have crumbled. i'm additionally indebted to a tender cabdriver in Moscow named Mit. I want i'll locate him and thank him in individual. He helped me out of a frightening scenario. thank you additionally to my relations, my neighbors, and my parents-in-law, Bi and Dick Wupperman, for establishing up their hearts to William. My agent, Betsy Amster, provided willing editorial insights and total encouragement that helped make this e-book 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 extraordinary 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 test. Spaciba. concerning the writer Marian Henley’s comedian strips have seemed in Glamour, Ms. , Heavy steel, MAD, the San Francisco Chronicle, l. a. Weekly, the Dallas Morning information, Texas per thirty days, the Austin Chronicle, Utne Reader, and plenty of different newspapers and magazines. Quaker Oats authorized certainly one of her characters for a countrywide tv advertisement, and he or she used to be offered a supply to provide live-action video diversifications of her cartoon, which aired on PBS and the educational Channel. She is the writer of the photo novel Maxine! and guffawing fuel, a suite of comedian strips. Marian now lives in Austin, Texas, together with her husband, Rick, and their son, William.

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