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Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
Release Date: June 11, 2002
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Rating: 5 Page Turns


Geek Love is one of those books that I’ve wanted for read for awhile now. I read a fantastic review of it online and then happened to see a copy of it for sale via Instagram (which I immediately snagged.) I’ve always been curious about what it would be like to work in a circus and this book did not disappoint!

The Binewskis are a family like none other. They live and work in close quarters while traveling across the United States, drawing crowds who wish to see the abnormal, the freakish, and the obscene. Each family member has their own quirks along with their own dreams. The competition for success may prove to be too much and tear their family apart. Is it worth it?

I really loved the Binewski family. Our narrator Olympia (Oly for short,) spends the majority over her time doing whatever she can to help hold the family together. She and her siblings grow up on the road and with that they experience things that every other pre-teen and teenager go through- romance, fear of the future, rebellion from their parents, etc. Katherine Dunn excels at painting us a picture in this book. I could see each character clearly and practically taste the cotton candy while hearing circus noises in the background. The characters are easy to relate to and I found myself sympathizing with each of them in turn. Overall this is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.

Recommended for those who…
Have an interest in the circus
Feel quirky/abnormal/eclectic

Favorite quote:
“I get glimpses of the horror of normalcy. Each of these innocents on the street is engulfed by a terror of their own ordinariness. They would do anything to be unique.”

If you liked Geek Love you may like:
Pirouette #1 by Mark L. Miller
Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

Have you read Geek Love? Do you enjoy books about strange families living in bizarre circumstances? Tell us what you thought below in the comments.

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