The Glass Eye by Jeannie Vanasco

The Glass Eye

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 t...


Details The Glass Eye

TitleThe Glass Eye
ISBN9781941040775
Author
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherTin House Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Biography, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Biography Memoir
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Reviews The Glass Eye

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    1970-01-01
    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 written on a pretty frequent basis - all these elements make the book feel longer than it probably needs to be.The element of mental illness is rough to rea...
  • Mike
    1970-01-01
    A deeply affecting chronicle of grief and obsession, written in lucid, graceful prose.
  • Claire Fuller
    1970-01-01
    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. The book is broken up into many very short pieces, all of which build and gather to give a really intimate view of what life is like for the author, an...
  • Rachel
    1970-01-01
    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 of pain that swell and drown us? How can we make sense of grief, which often renders us senseless? How does one capture the magnitude of loss?Vanasco str...
  • Jamie
    1970-01-01
    An absolutely beautiful exploration of family, grief, memory, and madness, this book is OUTSTANDING.
  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    1970-01-01
    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 illustrates both her writing process and her mental illness by jumping around thematically and chronologically. And yet, she finds a way to move forwa...
  • Samantha
    1970-01-01
    i can’t say a single thing that won’t pale in comparison to the complexity and beauty of this memoir.
  • Chandra Graham Garcia
    1970-01-01
    Memoirs about mental illness and grieving are NOT supposed to be trending. But memoirist Jeannie Vanasco doesn't care. Indeed, her commitment to grief and overcoming mental illness are compulsions inseparable from the crafting of her story. And....vice versa.Craft is ever-present as Vanasco propels us--in swift, linear fashion--through a three-dimensional web of twentysomething dangers: overachievement, the loss of a parent, confusion of self, th...
  • Stephanie
    1970-01-01
    This book took my breath away. I read it in one sitting; I didn't want to turn away. I keep returning to the scenes, the sentences, the words and marveling at what Jeannie Vanasco has accomplished. I feel privileged that she shared her father's story - and her story - with the world.
  • Helen Zuman
    1970-01-01
    I read the first few pages of The Glass Eye a few days ago; then, a couple nights later, I took it to bed with me and stayed up way too late to finish it. Yup, it's gripping.Initially, I didn't expect this book to be a page-turner, thanks to its many section breaks and its pauses for meta-narration. But, despite its gentle fracturing, the story hews to a strong chronological through-line (the protagonist's journey through her father's death and h...
  • Yadi (Bookiful.life)
    1970-01-01
    It really did feel like I was on this journey with Jeannie as she struggled to write what she needed to say yet still trying to figure things out. The small vignette style was a great way to demonstrate that struggle, while the larger blocks of paragraphs demonstrated memories, which were the only certain things Jeannie knew. I would definitely be interested in reading more by Vanasco.
  • Jenny
    1970-01-01
    Wow. This isn't a book I would normally pick up since I don't love memoir, but I have had such an awesome experience with Tin House's Galley Club that I gave it a go. So glad I did. Tin House strikes again. This is a beautiful book about grief, mental illness, and resiliency.
  • Trisha Perry
    1970-01-01
    Jeannie Vanasco's first book is a tribute to her father and a long dark trip for her. It span from a promise she made to her dying father before she was forced back to school thinking she would be back in a few days for the weekend to see him again, only to find out he died while she was on the train back to school, and that sparks her long dark journey of with her own demons and some of her dads before this books will end, but will Jeannie with ...
  • Solia Martinez-Jacobs
    1970-01-01
    I was sent an Advanced Readers Copy, as part of the Book of the Month Reader's committee. Jeannie Vanasco weaves a tangled narrative about her father, grief, her own mental health, and the struggle of being named after her dead half sister. Although the plot summary is so fantastic that the book sounds like a work of fiction, it is in fact, a memoir. The narrative is best described as experimental: she talks about her writing process, where she v...
  • Stacey
    1970-01-01
    This book is going to be popular. That doesn't mean it's great. It's an interesting look at mental illness and grief but the author's attempt at an alternative form falls flat. There also seems to be a disconnect, the author talks about her life as if she can barely function within it yet she also manages to get an internship at the Paris Review and keep it. There was something that really bugged me about how she was exploiting herself and acting...
  • Brittany
    1970-01-01
    Probably one of the hardest memoirs I’ve read so far. I think it hits on an incredibly relatable level. Both pieces - her coping with the death of her father (her everything for a long period of her life) coupled with her mental illness (exacerbated by grief). It’s incredibly powerful in its honesty and painfully vivid at times which can be overwhelming. She sprinkles in her own blend of humor (abs) and allows the narrative to lighten as well...
  • Kathy
    1970-01-01
    The Glass Eye: A memoir is an exceptional book. The author gives a brutally honest and intimate look at her life; her grief at the loss of her father, her compulsion with finding out about the dead half-sister she was named after, her family, her madness. Interesting throughout, it was sometimes difficult to read, "seeing" her madness as those around her do, but which she passes off as strictly grief. I admire the author's willingness to show her...
  • Y.Z.
    1970-01-01
    When I was young and books literally saved my life, I thought of them as sacred objects. I regained some of what that felt like when I read The Glass Eye. This is a book crafted with infinite care, filled with so much heart and soul. It is affecting. In the book you find out that the writer, when young, wanted to be a nun. You can see the devotion here. You have to admire Jeannie's attention to every line, every word. (Another note about details:...
  • Sheena
    1970-01-01
    I picked this up at an airport and read it during two consecutive flights. I wish every spur of the moment purchase was so good. Initially, I got it because of the theme of a daughter grieving her father. It ended up as an interesting study in obsession, mental health, and family. One of my favorite things was how the personalities of deceased characters were examined and built out of the wide ranges of experiences that other people had with them...
  • Erik Eckel
    1970-01-01
    The Glass Eye is a sincere, innovative and important new memoir thanks to Vanasco’s frank and enlightening exploration of mental illness. Various passages struck me as simultaneously intense and rewarding. I was sorry to come to the end but hopeful the memoir’s publication provides the author the catharsis she requires and of which she appears so deserving.
  • Lisa
    1970-01-01
    This is an interesting memoir that addresses grief, mental illness, writing, and how they all intersect with one another.
  • Stephen
    1970-01-01
    I might be a bit biased, but this book is freakin fantastic.
  • Kim Gausepohl
    1970-01-01
    Frenetic and fragmented and absolutely perfect.
  • Shea VanKirk
    1970-01-01
    A wonderful fragmented memoir about grief and fathers.
  • Cavak
    1970-01-01
    Vanasco's memoir reads like a live jazz tune to me: it has a melody that is stable and unified, but the harmony and solos hop and skip to a different player as the jamming goes on. I guess "the band" in this case would be Vanasco and the "harmony" would be other elements in her life besides her grief over her father's death and her mental breakdowns. I liked how strong her relationship with her parents is throughout the book; it struck a cord wit...
  • Karyn
    1970-01-01
    Disclosure: I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.In this unorthodox memoir, we get an intimate glimpse into the author's family life, complex grief, mental illness, and her creative process. Jeannie Vanasco takes us on the journey with her as she researches her father's life and so much more in her attempt to fulfill her promise to write him a book. The Glass Eye: A Memoir is a unique read.
  • Carla
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to Tin House Books for the free finished copy for review. All opinions are my own. "You lose somebody perfect, then. Then you come back and tell me what's normal."This novel is a look at Jeannie Vanasco's downward spiral through mental illness, spurred by the grief she experiences when her father passes away. Vanasco struggles to maintain normalcy - attending college, dating, checking in on her mother - in between hospital stays, contin...
  • Jessica // Starjessreads
    1970-01-01
    At eighteen, Jeannie’s dad dies and she promises him on his death bed that she will write him a book. Jeannie idolizes her dad, but he certainly has his issues. Jeannie is the product of a second marriage. Her father was much older when she was born, and she was named after a daughter from his first marriage who died in a car accident at sixteen. That daughter’s name was also Jeanne (without an “i”). I mean that will mess with your head, ...