The Glass Eye: A Memoir by Jeannie Vanasco

The Glass Eye: A Memoir

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...

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The Glass Eye: A Memoir Reviews

  • Jamie
    An absolutely beautiful exploration of family, grief, memory, and madness, this book is OUTSTANDING. ...
  • Mike
    A deeply affecting chronicle of grief and obsession, written in lucid, graceful prose....
  • Rachel
    Grief, Jeannie Vanasco writes in The Glass Eye, is inexplicable. To really describe it, one must often approach it adjacently through metaphor, as Vanasco does in her attempts to piece together the story of her unravelling after her father’s death. How can words adequately represent the oceans ...
  • Claire Fuller
    I loved this memoir about Vanasco's grief which spirals into mental illness after the death of her father. Although, perhaps the mental illness was there all along, it just took the death for it to properly manifest itself. This is something that Vanasco discusses in a wonderfully round-about way. T...
  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    3.5 strong stars.Jeannie Vanasco bares her soul in The Glass Eye: A Memoir. There were times it made me squirm with discomfort. But it also touched my heart and made me appreciate her willingness to be vulnerable.The narrative thread is more of a spaghetti-like jumble of disparate elements. Vanasco ...
  • Leslie Lindsay
    A dark and gripping memoir about the intricacies of grief, obsession, madness, and more. When I came across a write-up of THE GLASS EYE: A Memoir, in a recent-ish POETS & WRITERS magazine, I knew I had to read it. And I'm so glad I did. Jeannie Vanasco's father died when she was an 18-year old colle...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    I wanted to read this because of the connection to grief and fathers. It took a long time to read, but it isn't particularly long - I think the way everything is in fragments, the way the events and thoughts cycle and repeat, and the way Jeannie stops and steps back and considers what she has writte...
  • Laura
    The library books I check out to read are rarely pristine. Some have crumbs in the seams between pages, chocolatey thumb prints along the edges, coffee rings and splashes and drips. Some smell smoky, others smell of fried foods. This book, The Glass Eye by Jeannie Vanasco, carries a light floral sce...
  • Michael B Tager
    I loved this book. So sad and beautiful and fascinating to read. A mixture of grief and memory and honest depiction of mental illness. The meta-narrative absolutely worked for me. It's a weird catharsis to read someone else's catharsis, which is, I suppose, part of the memoir genre. But whatever. I ...

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