Geek love: A Novel
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.
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|Grouping Title||geek love|
|Grouping Author||dunn katherine|
|Last Grouping Update||2018-07-19 03:20:07AM|
|Last Indexed||2018-07-19 03:23:45AM|
|available_at_catalog||Edmondson Pike, Edmondson Pike Kids, Hermitage, Hermitage Kids, Main Kids, Main Library|
|detailed_location_catalog||Edmondson Pike - Adult Fiction, Green Hills - Adult Fiction, Hermitage - Adult Fiction, Main Library - Adult Fiction, Southeast - Adult Fiction|
National Book Award finalist
Here is the unforgettable story of the Binewskis, a circus-geek family whose matriarch and patriarch have bred their own exhibit of human oddities (with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes). Their offspring include Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins . . . albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family's most precious—and dangerous—asset.
As the Binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the U.S., inspiring fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion; as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry, Geek Love throws its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene. Family values will never be the same.
|isbn||9780307794482, 9780375713347, 9780446391306|
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|owning_library_catalog||Nashville Public Library|
|owning_location_catalog||Edmondson Pike, Edmondson Pike Kids, Green Hills, Green Hills Kids, Hermitage, Hermitage Kids, Main Kids, Main Library, Southeast|
|record_details||ils:CARL0000130593|Book|Books||English|Warner Books,|1990, c1989.|355 p. ; 21 cm., overdrive:b440cde8-db13-4619-a204-e080ba195819|eBook|eBook||English|Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|2011||
|subject_facet||Carnival owners -- Fiction, Families -- Fiction, Monsters -- Fiction|
|title_full||Geek Love A Novel, Geek love / Katherine Dunn|
|topic_facet||Carnival owners, Families, Fantasy, Fiction, Literature, Monsters|