Geek Love is the saga of a traveling carnival, the owners of which try to save it from financial failure by using ingested chemicals and toxins to create the birth of amazing freaks for the show. The outcome is a family that is both proud and vain about its specialness. The narrative unfolds the intricacies of greed and jealousy that tear the family asunder, resulting in the deaths of some members, the madness of others, and the escape of one.

It is Olympia, the hunchback albino dwarf, who lives on to tell the story of the Binewski clan. Central to the heyday of the carnival is Doc P, a physician of questionable credentials who performs bizarre operations in the traveling hospital that moves with the carnival. The story moves relentlessly toward a climax and denouement that is sufficiently unimaginable to be consistent with the cast of characters.


Despite its surrealistic humor and horror, Geek Love provides a provocative look at a world most of us never see--a world made up of aberrations we probably couldn't even create in our wildest dreams. And from within this world rises a chorus of familiar human desires, for love, for fame, for money. The attempts to attain these goals match the grotesque characteristics of the individual seekers, who are individually and sometimes collectively worshipped and emulated by a following of "norms."

The author creates characters with whom it is hard to fully empathize, not because of their physical features, but because they also employ the most despicable of man's behaviors. The few "norms" (meaning without visible physical aberrations) who are introduced into the work are also unsympathetic characters. Dr. P. is the most virulent example. It is a fascinating story, the product of an imagination totally unfettered by literary convention.



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New York



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