BOOK 165: GEEK LOVE: KATHERINE DUNN
Geek Love is a novel by Katherine Dunn, published completely by Alfred A. Knopf (a division of Random House) in 1989. Dunn published parts of the novel in Mississippi Mud Book of Days (1983) and Looking Glass Bookstore Review (1988). It was a finalist for the National Book Award.
MY VERDICT: I really wanted to tell you more about this book but at the same time I want to keep everything as a surprise. I didn’t want to add any more synopsis to spoil the things I had to much joy in discovering.
This book is written from the perspective of an albino, hunchbacked dwarf, in two different periods. We follow her as an older woman living in a shared house and are told the story of her past and introduced to her family. The family includes a mother and father who experiment to create unique children. Oly, our small narrator, shares her life with Siamese-twin, piano playing sisters, a brother with fin-like arms and a talent for showmanship and a ‘norm’ younger brother. They travel with their own carnival followed by other interesting characters including a big-cat trainer, a fly cowboy, sword swallowers, amputees and numerous redheads.