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Geek Love

Katherine Dunn

4 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A special twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Katherine Dunn's extraordinary cult classic, with a new introduction by the author.

'Wonderfully descriptive. . . . Dunn [has a] tremendous imagination' The New York Times Book Review

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 US, 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.

What readers say:

'Heartbreaking, complex and dark'

'I give this book 5 stars because it is the most strange, most unusual, most impossible book I have ever read'

'Original and gripping tale of family power dynamics'

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Praise for Geek Love

  • If Flannery O'Connor had consumed vast quantities of LSD, she might have written like this. - LITERARY REVIEW

  • Riveting and extremely well-crafted. There's a real philosophy behind it where it actually touches on the profound. - MARGARET FORSTER

  • The most romantic novel about love and family I have read. It made me ashamed to be so utterly normal

  • I felt electrocuted when I read that first page with Crystal Lil and her freak brood. I stood there in the bookstore and my jaw came unhinged. No book I've read, before or since, has given me that specific jolt

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