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Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
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Jun 01, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: want-to-purchase
Read from May 13 to June 01, 2012

Geek Love is the guts of a dysfunctional family. The Binewskis family not only looks dysfunctional on the outside, but within its ranks the siblings have a very common rivalry. A spiteful competition of sales between Arturo and the twins is constantly aired, and Arturo makes no attempt to conceal his disdain for Chick’s normal appearance and apparent favoritism from their father.

The story flashes back and forth between present day and the childhood of Oly. When her estranged daughter moves into her apartment building, she struggles with whether she should tell her about her true origins.

Most of the story is told from Oly’s point of view. She is an albino hunchback, and describes her outwardly appearance as not abnormal enough. The whole family describes how norms (the term they use for normal people) must have it rough since they will never be unique. This is the type of thinking is the basis of the story when Arturo offers norms a unique way for them to see the world.

The heart of the story is centered on love and all its many branches. It dives deep into the things people will do for love, and it displays the fallouts caused by jealously and greed. My only complaint would be the narrative voice came to me as emotionless, which seems to defeat the purpose, but overall the storytelling was unique and grips the reader’s attention.
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