Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
A Novel

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6 Critic Reviews

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.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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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Publishers Weekly

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on Jan 14 2017

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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Tor

Good
Reviewed by Ryan Britt on Aug 02 2011

If you’re a reader who enjoys rich and lush prose, in which the author and narrator’s voices are intertwined with a highly textured and disturbing fictional landscape, then you’ll love this novel. But it also appeals to other sensibilities...

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Tor

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Reviewed by Ryan Britt on Aug 02 2011

If you’re a reader who enjoys rich and lush prose, in which the author and narrator’s voices are intertwined with a highly textured and disturbing fictional landscape, then you’ll love this novel. But it also appeals to other sensibilities...

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Reviewed by PEOPLE STAFF on May 22 1989

...Dunn gloats over creating an atmosphere of visual and moral queasiness that is as savory as a mouthful of raw egg...It’s a tough and humorless trip, though, and at best shouldn’t be undertaken on a full stomach.

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Crikey

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Reviewed by Angela Meyer on Dec 27 2010

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.

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Reviewed by Angela Meyer on Dec 27 2010

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.

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