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ISBN10: 0375713344
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bookduck19, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by bookduck19)
A haunting, intriguing, beautifully written story.
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Jennifer Hensley, October 6, 2011 (view all comments by Jennifer Hensley)
Dark, humorous, lovely. As funny as it is piercing. Challenges what we think of as 'normal' and 'freakish.' After reading it, I feel right at home with the freaks.
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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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Malva Greenbottle, May 29, 2011 (view all comments by Malva Greenbottle)
This novel is about the lives and relationships of a circus owner and his side show freak family. The p.o.v. is from one of the "freaks", living in Portland, OR, who is writing a semi-memoir for her daughter, which she put up for adoption and is now stalking. This book can get pretty weird and creepy at times, not a horror though, because the main character grew up around the weirdness and makes it seem completely normal to polish the jar that houses your dead, deformed sibling.

DO NOT READ IF YOU'RE PREGNANT. My friend told me of nightmares for her unborn child after reading just a few chapters.
Otherwise, I would recommend this book to almost anyone. Except maybe my grandma.
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Emily Otis, February 16, 2011 (view all comments by Emily Otis)
If you like being surprised and shocked by strange things, you will enjoy this novel. It has all the appeal of a side show - full of freaks doing unbelievable things - but you can stay nice and clean and cozy in your own home while you visit! Plus, you get a behind-the-scenes look at what life might be like for these people.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375713347
Author:
Dunn, Katherine
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
General
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Monsters
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Circus performers.
Subject:
Carnival owners
Subject:
Freak shows
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
June 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.95 x 5.1 x .75 in .6 lb

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Product details 368 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375713347 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

The Binewskis are just the typical Portland family: Traveling carnies Al and Lil Binewski breed their own carnival oddities through drug experimentation and radiation. Their children include a boy-fish, conjoined twins, a hunchbacked albino dwarf, and one son without any such talents. Well, the siblings fight, the carnival becomes a cult, and things spiral out of control... then we end up in Portland for an emotional and empowering ending. Okay, maybe it's not all set in the Northwest, but it certainly packs a punch.

"Staff Pick" by ,

This is the book I recommend more than any other — I can barely hold onto a copy of it because I am always giving it away to anyone who I think needs something that will blow the top of their skull off. On one level, it is the engaging, creepy, and extraordinary story of a family of purposely designed circus freaks, as told by the hunchback albino dwarf sister. On another level, it is a story about identity and belonging: How do you define yourself in terms of your family? Your culture? Your body? Your religion? How do you know what or who you really are?

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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
"Review" by , "Page after page she shocks us....A Fellini movie in ink."
"Review" by , "Wonderfully descriptive...the comic exploration of the peculiar...gives Geek Love its main success: that and Ms. Dunn's tremendous imagination."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "A Fellini movie in ink.... Geek Love throws a punch."
"Review" by , "Wonderfully descriptive....Dunn [has a] tremendous imagination."
"Review" by , "Unrelentingly bizarre.... perverse but riveting....Will keep you turning the pages."
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