What is Geek Love book about?

Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out-with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes-to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There’s Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . .

Is Geek Love a horror novel?

I picked up Geek Love after finding the title on a list of body horror books.

What is a circus geek?

Geek was originally an early 20th-century term for a carnival worker who was so unskilled that the only thing the worker could do at the carnival to entice an audience was to bite off the heads of live animals. Essentially, a geek was a socially undesirable person who lacked any skill or ability.

What happens at the end of Geek Love?

A newspaper article at the end of the novel reveals that Oly then committed suicide. She leaves a letter and a trunk full of memorabilia for Miranda, explaining her heritage, and asks her to take care of Lil.

What is Arturism Geek Love?

Olympia’s brother Arturo founds Arturism, a cult that encourages people to mutilate themselves and become freakish. Olympia has her telekinetic brother Chick impregnate her with Arturo’s sperm, resulting in a daughter, Miranda, who Olympia sends away.

Is Geek Love fiction or nonfiction?

The book, which told the story of a house full of circus sideshow performers, was a finalist for the National Book Award and became a bestseller. Dunn also wrote nonfiction, particularly about boxing, but “Geek Love,” a cult classic, remains her most widely read book.

How many pages does Geek Love have?

AuthorKatherine Dunn
Publication date1989
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)


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