The Glass Eye: A Memoir (Paperback)

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Jeannie Vanasco has deconstructed the concept of memoir and offers us not just her memories, but her evolving "guiding intelligence" which is, she suggests, "the real plot of memoir." Vanasco's story centers on her father's death, a half-sister who died before she was born, and her spin into madness as she struggles to tell the story she promised her father she would write in his honor. What shines throughout this book is her stunning generosity of spirit. Enjoy. — From Dana

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“The Glass Eye, at its heart, is a memoir of Jeannie's relationship with her late father and the grief she experienced after his death. But it's also about her half-sister, Jeanne, who died before she was born; it's about mental illness; and it's about family and what that means. 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, Newton, MA

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“An absolutely beautiful exploration of family, grief, memory, and madness, The Glass Eye is outstanding. Jeannie Vanasco promised her father before his death that she would write a book for him, never knowing the psychological and mental toll the process would ultimately take on her. Vanasco explores her family's history-the entirely separate family her father had before she was born and the late-in-life marriage that led to Jeannie's birth-and her own destructive behavior as she falls in and out of a mental illness that informs the truly fascinating structure of the book. The layers found in this memoir are as plentiful as the layers found in the human eye; it is as deeply layered as the human experience itself.”
— Jamie Thomas, Women & Children First, Chicago, IL

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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

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781941040775
ISBN-10: 1941040772
Publisher: Tin House Books
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Pages: 270
Language: English