The 2014 Marvin Grant Award-winner (Ohioana Award) Jeannie Vanasco discusses her debut The Glass Eye (Tin House, October 2017), an intimate memoir and brilliant exploration of the human psyche that deepens our definitions of love, sanity, grief, and recovery. The Glass Eye is an Indies Introduce Pick by the American Booksellers Association and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great Writers Pick. It was selected as one of “The Big Indie Books of Fall 2017” by Publishers Weekly.
Jeannie’s writing has appeared in the Believer, NewYorker.com, Prairie Schooner, the Times Literary Supplement, Tin House, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio, she now lives in Baltimore with her partner, Chris, and their cats, Flannery and Bishop. She teaches at Towson University.
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 the reader 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.