Geek Love

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Little, Brown Book Group, Dec 4, 2014 - Fiction - 400 pages
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Lil Binewski, born a Boston aristocrat, was in her time the most stylish of geeks. That is to say she made her living by biting the heads off live chickens in front of a carnival audience. This she gave up for doting motherhood, because she and her fairground-owning husband had a money spinning idea. Throughout each pregnancy Lil gobbles pesticides, experiments with drugs and douses herself with radiation to ensure that she prodcues infants grotesque enough to keep the turnstiles clicking. She does.

Arturo the Aqua Boy is a limbless megalomaniac, Electra and Iphigenia are musically gifted Siamese twins with a penchant for prostitution and Fortunato is possessed of stange telekinetic powers. Their story- by turns shocking, tender, touching and cruel- is narrated by their sister Olympia. She is a bald, hunchbacked, albino dwarf.

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User Review  - Eric_J._Guignard - LibraryThing

LOVED this book! Cannot say enough good things about it. Fascinating, crazy, funny, and tragic. Beautifully written story - just great all-around. Read full review

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User Review  - JamieBH - LibraryThing

I really liked this book, Dunn has an amazingly dark imagination. The relationship between Oly and Mary Lick reminded me of Lenny and George in Of Mice and Men. I would love to read other books by Dunn if they are anything like this one. Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Katherine Dunn was a journalist, an advice columnist, and a boxing correspondent for the Associated Press. She died in 2016.

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