I recently finished re-reading “Geek Love” by Katherine Dunn. This is one amazing novel. It is about a family of circus freaks, intentionally “created” by their geek Mom and circus barker/owner Dad, who decided the best “gift” they could give their children was the ability to make a living by just being themselves.
By turning the ways we think about beauty and familial (particularly parental) approval on it’s head, this book lays bare family dynamics, and how they can hurt or heal (or destroy or create) a family. The impact on the rest of the world is in there too..
Remarkable book. This is my fourth time reading it (in about 15 years). It’s a different books for me as I grow older. I strongly recommend it – but if you like to eat meals and read, as I sometimes enjoy doing, you might want to just sit with coffee (or your beverage of choice) on the first go.