Author(s): Katherine Dunn
A story which mixes tenderness, terror, suspense and dark comedy. It is told by Olympia Binewski, a bald albino hunchback dwarf and members of the American carnival family. Al and Lil, proprietors of Binewski's Fabulon, hit upon the idea of breeding their own freak show.
Vanessa writes: At first glance the story of the Binewski's, a carny couple who decide to take a number of psycho-active drugs in order to breed a family of 'freaks' is a rather disturbing tale. I admit that the concept of creating genetically altered children in order to have a travelling circus of freaks does raise a number of ethical questions. But there is much more to Geek Love than pure shock value. Geek Love is as moving is it is diabolical, as human as it is magical. The Binewski's do not see themselves as deformed or inhuman, but as beautiful and interesting creatures that are able to use their extraordinariness to their advantage. The 'freaks' and the 'norms' that inhabit Dunn's world are as capable of love as they are of cruelty, respectively. Dunn's prose is vivid and stunning, and within the pages of this novel she has written some of the most wonderfully constructed sentences I have ever read. Although this is a horrifying book at times, it is a fierce and intelligent deconstruction of the concept of normalcy. If nothing else, it will have you questioning your pre-conceived notions of normality and beauty.
<p>Katherine Dunn is a journalist, an advice columnist, and boxing correspondant for the Associated Press.</p>