Why would a good person commit a terrible act?
Fifteen years ago, Jeannie's relationship with a close friend ended in rape. With the rise of the #MeToo movement, recurring nightmares have returned and to process her conflicted feelings of betrayal she resolves to face her trauma head-on.
Jeannie Vanasco is the highly acclaimed author of My Father's Glass Eye. Her writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times, and the New Yorker. She lives in Baltimore where she works as an Assistant Professor of English at Towson University.
'Cuts through the silence of deep betrayal, gives contour to the aching space between forgiveness and absolution, and offers a living testament to the endless wreckage of sexual assault.'* Amy Jo Burns, author of Cinderland *
'Explodes rape culture at the level of language, shows us how we are trapped and how we might make ourselves free. This is a brilliant book, an astonishingly fierce inquiry into the places language won't go.'* Emily Geminder, author of Dead Girls *
'Vanasco has written exactly the book we need right now. I wish everyone would read it.'* Melissa Febos, author of Abandon Me *
'Brave and compelling... Vanasco muddles through the silt of her thoughts to create a language for something we don't talk about.'* The Paris Review, staff pick *
'A brilliant book, an astonishingly fierce inquiry into the places language won't go.'-- Emily Geminder, author of Dead Girls
'Brave and urgent... a searching, brilliant book and Vanasco is a formidable talent. We are lucky to have her.'-- Daniel Gumbiner, The Boatbuilder
'Wickedly clever and powerful... a necessary book.'-- Krystal A. Sital