by Marjane Satrapi, 56 pages
A different twist on the beauty and the beast theme, this short illustrated story about a young woman who finds, loses, and regains love is a fairy tale / fable concerning the tenuous nature of life and the power of persistent, forthright, selfless strength to keep it as close as possible as long as it is ours to keep.
Short but sweet, this, and a lot less traumatic than the author's graphic memoirs and family stories. There's not much to it, but you need a little fluffy optimism and fairy tale-ness after experiencing the things she has (and after reading about them). My only complaint is that this is so slight that it might work better as part of a collection than a stand-alone volume.