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This orange book takes place in a time when the term "Geek" referred not to comic book collectors but rather to circus performers who tore the heads of chickens with their teeth. If you liked the Night Circus this could be its mutated sister. A darker, rompier, more challenging look at difference, family, beauty, and power, as shown through the lense of one particularly freaky freak show. A favorite book of mine since high school, it's no wonder this sharp, delicious, and grotesquely vivid novel has gained cult status. Highly recommended to all weirdos.
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.
About the Author
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.
“A Fellini movie in ink. . . . Geek Love throws a punch.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Wonderfully descriptive. . . . Dunn [has a] tremendous imagination.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Like most great novels, this one keeps the reader marveling at the daring of the author.” –Philadelphia Inquirer
“Unrelentingly bizarre . . . perverse but riveting. . . . Will keep you turning the pages.” –Chicago Tribune