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Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
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Nov 23, 2007

it was amazing
Read in January, 2007

A mother and father whom intentionally poison their fetuses so the children can have starring roles in their traveling circus when they're born. An Aqua Boy with a Nietszchean philosophical cant who nominates himself the Jones-esque leader of a cult based on bodily mutilation. Siamese twins who sing and play the piano. An almost wordless yet astoundingly kind younger brother whose mind can manipulate the physical world.

These are the Binewskis, and though Geek Love may not be my favorite book (though it's close), it's the most astonishing I've ever read. Katherine Dunn explores the bizarre and grotesque but does so in such a delicate, thoughtful manner. She presents the Binewskis as freaks but never treats them as such, and the central current of love and familial bond is the element that is most astonishing in the end. Dunn demonstrates through this thoroughly odd clan the dignity inherent in being human and portrays family as a tribe, difficult to the point of despair at times, from which strength and individuality is ultimately derived.
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