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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At some point probably 15 years ago I had this book for a couple years then lost it to a friend who lent it to his girlfriend (and then they broke up). Then I purchased it again 3 or 4 years ago ... Read full review

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I picked this book up (almost 10 years ago now) after hearing good things, not really knowing what it was about. You see the title and, in my case, imagine something along the lines of a couple of ... 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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