Jeannie Vanasco

Jeannie Vanasco is the author of The Glass Eye: A Memoir (Tin House Books, 2017). Her work has appeared in the Believer, the New York Times Modern Love, Tin House, and elsewhere. She lives in Baltimore and is an assistant professor at Towson University. Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl is her second book.


  • “Bold, unsettling, and timely. . . . A reckoning with injustice.”

    —Laurie Halse Anderson, TIME

  • “Gorgeous, harrowing, heartbreaking.”

    —Carmen Maria Machado, Bustle

  • “About violence and forgiveness, about friendship and the unwanted title of victim, about digging deeper and deeper to seek answers.”

    The New York Times Book Review

  • “A cuttingly funny meta-meditation on her own pain in the context of #MeToo.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “A remarkably nuanced account of the complicated and confusing emotions that surface when your rapist is someone you knew and trusted.”

    The Cut

  • “About how important it is to speak about these oft-silenced experiences that cause so many to feel ashamed, scared, and alone.”


  • “A stunning work of meta nonfiction. . . . Vanasco’s narrative pushes far past the flattened media narrative of Me Too and asks uncomfortable questions about how to talk about rape culture, toxic masculinity and gender, justice, and resilience.”


  • “Perhaps the most important book of the season.”


  • “Thought-provoking, unmooring, and haunting.”


  • “Utterly brilliant.”

    Book Riot

  • “Striking. . . . Creates a language for something we don’t talk about.”

    The Paris Review

  • “Heartfelt, painful, and essential.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “A gripping read and true fodder for the necessary reckoning with toxic masculinity.”


  • “Vanasco immediately makes you wonder how we can take so much about sexual assault for granted.”

    The Times Literary Supplement

  • “Intrepid. . . . A work that has the potential to change the way we think and talk about rape and the people who commit it.”


  • “Sets the canon of #MeToo-era creative nonfiction on fire. . . . Inimitable.”

    Booklist, Starred Review

  • “An extraordinarily brave work of self- and cultural reflection.”

    Kirkus, Starred Review

  • “Exactly the book we need right now. . . . I wish everyone in this country would read it.” 

    —Melissa Febos, author of Abandon Me

  • “Stunning.”

    —Angela Pelster, author of Limber

  • “A literary feminist miracle.”

    —Sophia Shalmiyev, author of Mother Winter

  • “Brilliant.”

    —Megan Stielstra, author of The Wrong Way to Save Your Life

  • “Vanasco is a formidable talent.”

    —Daniel Gumbiner, author of The Boatbuilder

  • “An essential, unforgettable work.”

    —Erik Anderson, author of Flutter Point

  • “There is so much power in these pages.”

    —Elissa Washuta, author of My Body is a Book of Rules

  • “Interrogates the terms of betrayal and the limits of redemption.”

    —Tim Taranto, author of Ars Botanica

  • “A rigorous and nuanced investigation.”

    —Lisa Locascio, author of Open Me

  • “Wickedly clever and powerful.”

    —Krystal A. Sital, author of Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad

  • “Cuts through the silence of deep betrayal.”

    —Amy Jo Burns, author of Shiner

  • “Astonishingly fierce.”

    —Emily Geminder, author of Dead Girls and Other Stories

  • “Explores the common experience of rape with uncommon nuance and intense tenderness.” 

    —YZ Chin, author of Though I Get Home

  • “Vanasco is brilliant, and this book proves it.”

    —Darin Strauss, author of Half a Life

  • “A piece of truth so bright it might be your own broken heart, handed back to you.”

    —Melissa Febos, author of Abandon Me

  • “What begins as an experience of profound loss becomes an obsession, the fierce intensity of which propels readers through this breathtaking book.”

    —Lacy Johnson, author of The Other Side

  • The Glass Eye signals the arrival of an exceptionally fine new voice.”

    —Alexandra Styron, author of Reading My Father

  • “Vanasco’s candor, curiosity, and commitment to human understanding are not to be missed.”

    Booklist, Starred Review

  • “A deceptively spare life story that sneaks up and surprises you with its sudden fecundity and power.”


  • “Powerful and ruminative. . . This is an illuminating manual for understanding grief and the strange places it leads.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A]n intense and unforgettable memoir, as fascinating for its artistry as for its subject matter. . . . Lyric, haunted, smart and tortured, this is an obsessive love letter to a dead father as well as a singular work of literature.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “This powerful, haunting memoir starts off with one of the more compelling first sentences I’ve read in some time: ‘The night before he died, I promised my dad I would write a book for him.’ . . . [The Glass Eye] shows in an incredibly intimate way the methods we use to cope with loss, disappointment, and grief, and how we can try and make our way out of the darkness and into a place of recovery.”