Coco Nelson, January 12, 2013 (view all comments by Coco Nelson)
You will not read another book like this. A story of an aberrant family that curls in destructively on itself, Dunn's characters make a world that is terrific, horrible. Her prose--the uncanny ability to inhabit a moment in the way no other writer could, or, often, would--will unsettle and jolt.
Lyndsie, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by Lyndsie)
My novel workshop professor recommended this to me and lent me her copy. I loved it so much, I bought my own edition. Dunn does a beautiful job on making the unordinary ordinary, on making an unusual family seem as dysfunctional as any other (in their own astonishing ways). The mindset of these people and how they value physical abnormality was so interesting and terrifying at the same time. After reading this, I sought out Tod Robbins' short story, "Spurs." Geek Love opened my eyes, both as a reader and a writer. I admire Katherine Dunn for taking the leap she did to write this book. It easily became my favorite book read in 2012 and quite possibly one of my favorite books ever. I look forward to reading more of Dunn's work.
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sandtu1, September 30, 2011 (view all comments by sandtu1)
This book was so good it made me ashamed to be a norm and wish for a hump back or some fins. If you like dark humor or chuck palahniuk, you will love this. My best read of the summer!!
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by Publishers Weekly,
"Those entering the world of carnival freaks described by narrator Olympia Binewski, a bald, humpbacked albino dwarf, will find no escape from a story at once engrossing and repellent, funny and terrifying, unreal and true to human nature....a novel that everyone will be talking about, a brilliant, suspenseful, heartbreaking tour de force." Publishers Weekly
by San Francisco Chronicle,
"Page after page she shocks us....A Fellini movie in ink."
by New York Times Book Review,
"Wonderfully descriptive...the comic exploration of the peculiar...gives Geek Love its main success: that and Ms. Dunn's tremendous imagination."
by Joseph M. Levandoski, Library Journal,
"What elevates this work is Dunn's controlled, matter-of-fact narrative, her skillful character development, and her relentless insistence that we address these people and their concerns in human terms. Highly recommended."
by San Francisco Chronicle,
"A Fellini movie in ink.... Geek Love throws a punch."
by The New York Times Book Review,
"Wonderfully descriptive....Dunn [has a] tremendous imagination."
by Chicago Tribune,
"Unrelentingly bizarre.... perverse but riveting....Will keep you turning the pages."
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