Geek Love

Geek Love

Staff Review

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Alicia
HPB Staff

Geek Love

by Dunn, Katherine
A dark and stunning story of family dysfunction

This is the story of the Binewski family, Al and Crystal Lil and their five freak children who travel as a sideshow act. During Crystal Lil's pregnancies, she consumes various drugs and harmful substances in a successful attempt to cause mutations in their children. There's Arty, a boy with flippers for limbs, conjoined female twins Elly and Iphy, a female hunchbacked albino dwarf named Oly, and their youngest son, Chick who harbors dangerously strong telekinetic powers. If you're like me, a good story can't be dark enough. The subject matter, and the characters never seem to be justly macabre. Some come close, but I seldom find a writer who is fearlessly willing to go there. I am pleased to report that Katherine Dunn went there in her 1989 novel, Geek Love. The timeline jumps between the childhoods of the Binewski freaks and the adulthood of Oly, the narrator who is covertly pursuing her estranged daughter, Miranda. Miranda was born with a slight deformity, a small tail that she has grown fond of, but is now considering having surgically removed. The story builds flawlessly in a progression of events between the two timelines. Dunn delves into the sticky, tormented cores of her characters. Readers are given full access to the internal monologue of Oly as she struggles with familial relationships and her instinct to protect her daughter (and her tail). Geek Love manages to simultaneously be a hilarious commentary on societal norms, and a heartbreakingly tender portrayal of family love and loyalty.

 
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Aloysious and Lillian Binewski, the proprietors of a traveling carnival, attempt to reduce overhead by breeding their own freak show, with tragic results, in a new edition of the acclaimed cult classic. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.



  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
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    • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
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    • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Sold by: HPB Kenwood Galleria
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • ISBN-13: 9780375713347
  • ISBN: 0375713344
  • Publication Year: 2002
  • Edition: Reprint


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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
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  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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HPB condition ratings
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
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  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
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