The Glass Eye: A Memoir

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Tin House Books
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5.5 X 0.8 X 8.4 inches | 0.75 pounds
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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. Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl is her second book.
Jeannie Vanasco has crafted a book that will worm its way under your skin, a book that will not give you easy answers or heartwarming takeaways, much in the same way that life will not give you easy answers or heartwarming takeaways. Jeannie Vanasco has created a book that I cannot stop thinking about.--Emily Ballaine, Green Apple Books
An unfettered dive into a brilliant, unraveling mind. Vanasco's memoir is visceral, poignant, and ultimately an affirmation of the healing power of literature and the resilience of the human soul. Astounding.--Keaton Patterson, Brazos Bookstore
A deceptively spare life story that sneaks up and surprises you with its sudden fecundity and power.--Kirkus
Powerful and ruminative . . . This is an illuminating manual for understanding grief and the strange places it leads.--Publishers Weekly
An absolutely beautiful exploration of family, grief, memory, and madness, this book is outstanding. . . . The layers found in this memoir are as plentiful as the layers found in the human eye; ultimately, it is as deeply layered as the human experience itself.--Jamie Thomas, Women & Children First
This is memoir at its best. The prose is powerful and often breathtaking--it'll make your heart break, it might make you cry, and you'll probably even laugh a few times. This is an elegy fierce and lyrical and raw, like none I've read before.--Sarah Malley, Newtonville Books
Wildly innovative.--New York Magazine
[A]n intense and unforgettable memoir, as fascinating for its artistry as for its subject matter. . . . Lyric, haunted, smart and tortured, this is an obsessive love letter to a dead father as well as a singular work of literature.--Shelf Awareness
Vanasco's candor, curiosity, and commitment to human understanding are not to be missed.--Booklist, Starred Review
Vanasco explores the intricacies of the human psyche with stunning poignancy.--Newsweek
Compelling . . . Vanasco writes about her episodes of mental illness in a way that makes them so accessible, almost seeming rational at times.--Bustle
One of the most inventive and engrossing memoirs I've read in a long, long time . . . If you want to read something that will make you think and that will keep revealing more to you every time you read it, this is the book.--Minnesota Public Radio
Hypnotic . . . a haunting exploration of perception, memory, and the complexities of grief. In language that is understated and economical, Vanasco brings to life the father she loved with an almost frightening force . . . Vanasco's characters and settings are vivid, prismatic, and surreal.--The New York Times Book Review

A fascinating meditation on loss, and an enduring monument to what remains. Wise, brave and beautifully wrought, The Glass Eye signals the arrival of an exceptionally fine new voice.

--Alexandra Styron, author of READING MY FATHER
The Glass Eye is absolutely brilliant! Jeannie Vanasco taps into her own mental and emotional destruction after her father dies in a memoir that is constructed like no other. Not only did her writing transport me into her world (her mind), but Jeannie's ability to express the complexities of the human mind in such a beautiful and honest way, made her mania appear almost rational. . . . One of the best memoirs I've read in a long time.--Stephanie Coleman, Tattered Cover Bookstore