A good portion of Joanne Vannicola's life has been spent in the spotlight - but it didn't start that way. Walking Through Glass is the story of her journey out of the dark. The youngest of three sisters and one brother, she was raised in Montreal by a violent father and a stage mother obsessed with her. Joanne's earliest memories are of dance lessons, fabric and costume shops, and performances. There was to be no ordinary childhood for her, and at fourteen, she had had enough. She left home for Toronto, to fend for herself in the film business. More than a personal memoir, Walking Through Glass describes what it's like for teenagers to live in the adult world without a family, what it is to be a woman in an industry that objectifies them, to be a lesbian in a time when that same industry alternately celebrated and vilified them. It tells of her battles with an eating disorder, and of her coming to terms with her own developing sexuality. But Joanne's tale is not one of woe; Walking Through Glass is an extraordinary tale of survival.