The Glass Eye

The Glass Eye

by Jeannie Vanasco


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"Brilliant . . . As the pages fly by, we’re right by Vanasco, breathlessly experiencing her grief, mania, revelations, and—ultimately — her relief." —Entertainment Weekly

APoets & Writers'Best Nonfiction Debut of 2017

ANYLONandNewsweekEditor's Choice

A Barnes & Noble Discover Great Writers Pick

For fans of Maggie Nelson and Meghan O’Rourke, Jeannie Vanasco emerges as a definitive new voice in thisstunning portrait of a daughter's love for her father and her near-unraveling after his death.

The night before her father dies, eighteen-year-old Jeannie Vanasco promises she will write a book for him. But this isn't the book she imagined. The Glass Eye is Jeannie's struggle to honor her father, her larger-than-life hero but also the man who named her after his daughter from a previous marriage, a daughter who died.

After his funeral, Jeannie spends the next decade in escalating mania, in and out of hospitals—increasingly obsessed with the other Jeanne. Obsession turns to investigation as Jeannie plumbs her childhood awareness of her dead half sibling and hunts for clues into the mysterious circumstances of her death. It becomes a puzzle Jeannie feels she must solve to better understand herself and her father.

Jeannie Vanasco pulls us into her unraveling with such intimacy that her insanity becomes palpable, even logical. A brilliant exploration of the human psyche, The Glass Eye deepens our definitions of love, sanity, grief, and recovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941040775
Publisher: Tin House Books
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 420,003
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jeannie Vanasco is the author of The Glass Eye: A Memoir (Tin House Books, 2017). Her work has appeared in The Believer, the New York Times Modern Love, Tin House, and elsewhere. She lives in Baltimore and is an assistant professor at Towson University.

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The Glass Eye: A memoir 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AnnSheridan More than 1 year ago
Tortured by grief, daunted by the task of writing about a man whose death clearly shattered her heart into pieces while battling her own mental illness, Jeannie Vanasco skillfully embraced her Dad's glass eye as a metaphor for him, herself (a capital "I") and her deceased half-sister, Jeanne (missing an "i"). The Glass Eye is about Ms. Vanasco's love for her father, her search to learn more about her half-sister Jeanne, and her journey through grief and mental illness. These themes are then complemented by sharing the transparency of her writing struggles. "I don't know how to grieve," is a thread the author weaves throughout The Glass Eye. I disagree. Jeannie Vanasco knows how to grieve and does it well. She honored the memory of her father by keeping her promise to write a book for him. Her passionate and heartfelt style of writing makes The Glass Eye a unique and special gift to the memoir genre.