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A special twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Katherine Dunn's extraordinary cult classic, with a new introduction by the author.
Lil Binewski, born a Boston aristocrat, was in her time the most stylish of geeks. That is to say she made her living by biting the heads off live chickens in front of a carnival audience. This she gave up for doting motherhood, because she and her fairground-owning husband had a money spinning idea. Throughout each pregnancy Lil gobbles pesticides, experiments with drugs and douses herself with radiation to ensure that she prodcues infants grotesque enough to keep the turnstiles clicking. She does.
Arturo the Aqua Boy is a limbless megalomaniac, Electra and Iphigenia are musically gifted Siamese twins with a penchant for prostitution and Fortunato is possessed of stange telekinetic powers. Their story- by turns shocking, tender, touching and cruel- is narrated by their sister Olympia. She is a bald, hunchbacked, albino dwarf.
About the Author
Katherine Dunn is a journalist, an advice columnist, and boxing correspondant for the Associated Press.
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 FORSTERThe most romantic novel about love and family I have read. It made me ashamed to be so utterly normalI 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
ISBN: 9780349100869 ISBN-10: 0349100861 Series: Abacus Bks. Audience:
Number Of Pages: 512 Published: 2nd April 1991 Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1