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Geek Love : Abacus Bks. - Katherine Dunn

Geek Love

Abacus Bks.

Paperback Published: 2nd April 1991
ISBN: 9780349100869
Number Of Pages: 512

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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 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

ISBN: 9780349100869
ISBN-10: 0349100861
Series: Abacus Bks.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 2nd April 1991
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1