Book Talk: Geek Love


Geek Love by Katherine Dunn is a fascinating read about a carnival family consisting of freaks (Arty, Iphy and Elly, Oly, and Chick) who were created purposefully by normal parents through experimentation with drugs and other means during their economic slump. The Bisnewskis included Arty, who had flippers instead of limbs, Iphy and Elly were Siamese twins, Oly was an albino dwarf, and Chick had telepathic powers. Additional members included Mumpo, the 26-pound baby at birth, and Miranda, the stripper/medical illustrator student with a spiny tail; they were grandchildren with interesting histories, as well. Don’t forget Horst, the most loyal person to the Bisnewski family from beginning to end. I enjoyed trying to dissect each member of the family; this makes it a fantastic selection for a book club meeting. The book does not include a reader’s guide, but there is lots to talk about. There were definitely some shocking parts, which made the book that much harder to put down. Out of 5, I give it a 4.5. And, yes, this is a love story of all sorts.

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