Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
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Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out–with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes–to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There’s 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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About Katherine Dunn

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Katherine Dunn lives in Oregon.
Published May 25, 2011 by Vintage. 370 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Like a collaboration between John Irving and David Lynch, this audaciously conceived, sometimes shocking tale of love and hubris in a carnival family exerts the same mesmeric fascination as the freaks it depicts, despite essential structural flaws.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Geek Love: A Novel

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After a hiatus of almost two decades, the author of Attic and Truck has produced a novel that everyone will be talking about, a brilliant, suspenseful, heartbreaking tour de force.

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Ms. Dunn’s third novel, “Geek Love,” which revolves around a married couple who breed mutant children as sideshow freaks, has sold hundreds of thousands of copies.

May 14 2016 | Read Full Review of Geek Love: A Novel


(Some of her writing on the sport is collected in One Ring Circus.) I first made her acquaintance a year ago, when I sent her a fan letter and asked if she wanted to write about the upcoming Manny Pacquaio–Floyd Mayweather bout.

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Aug 10 2012 | Read Full Review of Geek Love: A Novel

Bewitched Bookworms

I don’t think Pushy realized that I love twisted books(although I’m sure she does now since the book I challenged her with is one of my darkest ones) but The Thirteenth Tale gets an A for awesomely twisted that’s for sure!.

Aug 05 2010 | Read Full Review of Geek Love: A Novel


I finished reading Geek Love on the plane back from my Philadelphia apartment hunt.

Jul 03 2008 | Read Full Review of Geek Love: A Novel

Geek Love itself took many years to write and I think it shows – it’s truly something rich and delicious. If you haven’t checked out Geek Love and like freaky, lovely, meaty things – do.

Dec 27 2010 | Read Full Review of Geek Love: A Novel

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