Whether you’re a proponent of Valentine’s Day celebration or a dissenter through and though, we have a readalong we think you’ll really like. In the month of February we’ll be tackling Katherine Dunn’s National Book Award finalist, Geek Love.
If you’re like me, you may have thought (for years!) that this book is about nerds in love, but in fact, that’s not the case at all:
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 . . . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins . . . albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family’s most precious–and dangerous–asset.
As the Binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the U.S., inspiring fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion; as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry, Geek Love throws its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene. Family values will never be the same. (from Goodreads)
If you’re ready for a wonky, award-winning read, please join us! We’ll post some discussion questions here on the check-in dates below if you’d like to use them!
- We will officially begin reading on February 1
- Half-way check-in and link up for those who want to report in or are finished on February 14 (will post questions)
- Final linky on February 28 (will post questions)
You can chat with others using the #GeekLoveRAL hashtag.
Let us know in the comments if you’re as excited as we are! We can hardly wait!