First, I realize there has been a lack of blog posts lately. I have a few I am currently working on and editing, but they don’t seem quite right yet. And because they are highly personal AND very important topics, I want to make sure they are right.
So, on to Sunday Book Club!!
I consider myself fairly knowledgable in words. However, I had NO IDEA that the original meaning of geek was this (verified by Webster’s): a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake. THIS IS THE FIRST DEFINITION!!!
Geek Love is not about some gamers or Silicon Valley computer techs falling in love–it is about the circus. Al and Lil are a couple who met in the circus, but after their particular company disbands, they decide to form their own circus by producing circus freaks of their own by using a variety of things that most pregnant women would stay far away from–radiation, drugs, and whatever Al suggests. Each of their 5 (maybe 4? How do you count conjoined twins?) has major physical deformities, except the youngest who has incredible mental powers.
This satire is creepy, sad and hilarious all at the same time. It answers the question What would you do to change yourself? and the ridiculous lengths people will go to to find happiness and a sense of belonging. Cultishly (I may have just made that word up), we all have our ways of trying to fit in, changing our appearances so that we think we are happier, we think we are fitting in, when in fact we are losing our identity.
Highly recommend if you can handle some of the more graphic passages.
Next week’s book: Night Film by Marisha Pessl. Spoiler alert: I hated this book.