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The Glass Eye is Jeannie Vanasco's struggle to honor her father, a larger-than-life hero in her eyes but also a 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.
Jeannie Vanasco has written for The Believer, Little Star Journal, NewYorker.com, Times Literary Supplement and Tin House. Born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio, she now lives in Baltimore and teaches at Towson University.
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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 7:00pm