The Glass Eye: A Memoir Read Online Free - 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.
|Title||:||The Glass Eye: A Memoir|
|Number of Pages||:||270 pages|
September 04, 2017
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 wri...
July 24, 2017
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...
April 26, 2017
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...
July 27, 2017
A deeply affecting chronicle of grief and obsession, written in lucid, graceful prose.
August 17, 2017
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 prope...
March 02, 2017
An absolutely beautiful exploration of family, grief, memory, and madness, this book is OUTSTANDING.
September 25, 2017
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. Vanas...
November 02, 2017
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 ol...
June 21, 2017
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.
September 27, 2017
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-narrati...