Geek Love, Katherine Dunn
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Geek Love

Author: Katherine Dunn

Series: Default Blank

Narrator: Christina Moore

Unabridged: 15 hr 28 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Recorded Books

Published: 11/13/2007

Genre: Fiction - Literary


Nominated for the National Book Award, Geek Love is mesmerizing, daring, and unconventional. Award-winning novelist Katherine Dunn fascinates and amazes much the same way tornados, earthquakes, and volcanos do. No one wants to be a victim, but most find the event too hypnotic to ignore. In order to save their traveling carnival from bankruptcy, the Binewskis are creating their own brood of sideshow freaks. Under Al's careful direction, the pregnant Lil ingests radioisotopes, insecticides, and arsenic to make her babies "special." As the oldest daughter, albino dwarf Olympia, puts listeners in the ring side seat, her family's incredible drama erupts and spills over into the "normal" world. Not for the squeamish or faint of heart, this brilliantly daring novel is shocking and delightful. Christina Moore's vibrant narration conspires with Katherine Dunn's evocative, energetic prose to shock us at seeing something of ourselves in these exotic characters.

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AudiobooksNow review by Kamisha on 2011-09-23 16:18:13

Once in a while I read a book that when I finish it I just dont know what to say. Thats not neccessarily a bad thing usually its actually a good thing and I think thats the case for this book. Geek Love was so disturbing and amazing that I just dont even really know what to say about it. Centered around the Binewski family who own a travelling carnival, Geek Love is about their lives told from the point of view of the youngest daughter Olympia, the albino dwarf. There are 4 or 5 depending on how you look at it kids in the Binewski family Arturo or Aqua Man, Elly and Iphy the siamese twins, Olympia the dwarf, and Chick/Fortunato the most normal of the Binewski kids. Olympia tells the story of the Binewskis with an honest though navie point of view at times. The parts of the book that are about Olys adult life in the normal world where she is much less innocent are especially heartbreaking. The book is very intriguing if sometimes disturbing but it is also very sad and touching. Its not neccessarily a book for everyone and it doesnt really fit into any specific genre but if you enjoy reading books that make you really think and feel different emotions, it definitely meets those requirements.

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