Geek Love: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 25, 2011 - Fiction - 368 pages
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National Book Award finalist

Here is the unforgettable story of the Binewskis, a circus-geek family whose matriarch and patriarch have bred their own exhibit of human oddities (with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes). Their offspring include Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins . . . albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family’s most precious—and dangerous—asset. 

As the Binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the U.S., inspiring fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion; as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry, Geek Love throws its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene. Family values will never be the same.

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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

As a tween, I picked this up expecting a tale of nerds falling in love with each other. Note: it is not a book about nerds. It is a book about deeply twisted people and their profoundly disturbing ... Read full review

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User Review  - jwood652 - LibraryThing

Very strange book! Freak show owners keep losing talent, so they decide to make their own, using various combinations of substances during pregnancy to induce unique specimens. The viable results ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Katherine Dunn was a novelist and boxing journalist who lived and worked in Oregon. She is the author of three novels: Attic; Truck; and Geek Love, which was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Bram Stoker Prize. She died in 2016.

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