Jeannie Vanasco–Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl
April 2 @ 7:00 pm
Join memoirist Jeannie Vanasco as she talks about her book Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl, a genre-bending investigation into the trauma of sexual violence in which Vanasco describes interviewing her high school rapist, exploring how the assault has impacted his life as well as her own.
Praise for the book:
“It’s hard to overstate the importance of this gorgeous, harrowing, heartbreaking book, which tackles sexual violence and its aftermath while also articulating the singular pain of knowing — or loving, or caring for, or having a history with — one’s rapist. Vanasco is whip-smart and tender, open and ruthless; she is the perfect guide through the minefield of her trauma, and ours.”–Carmen Maria Machado
“Such a confrontation is bold, unsettling and timely. (Vanasco) wanted to find out how a person who hurts others talks to himself about his actions. If we are ever going to reduce sexual violence, it’s a critically important question.” –Laurie Halse Anderson in TIME
“Vanasco gets at so many of the gray areas in our conversations about rape and the rehabilitation of its perpetrators. If some traumas don’t fit into neat little narratives, then the pleasure of reading Vanasco is in knowing that messiness is OK, that there’s no right way to handle such betrayals.”–Maris Kreizman
Jeannie Vanasco is the author of Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl and The Glass Eye. Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, and a TIME magazine Must-Read Book of 2019. In its starred review, Kirkus called the memoir “an extraordinarily brave work of self- and cultural reflection.” The Glass Eye—honored as an Indie Next selection and an Indies Introduce selection by the American Booksellers Association—explores her grief for her dad and his grief for his daughter Jeanne. The New York Times Book Review praised The Glass Eye as “hypnotic . . . a haunting exploration of perception, memory, and the complexities of grief.” Vanasco’s writing has appeared in The Believer, the New York Times, NewYorker.com, the Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio, she now lives in Baltimore and is an assistant professor of English at Towson University. She is working on her third book.