Lil Binewski, born a Boston aristocrat, was in her time the most stylish of geeks.
That is to say she made her living by biting the heads off live chickens in front of a carnival audience.
This she gave up for doting motherhood, because she and her fairground-owning husband had a money spinning idea.
Throughout each pregnancy Lil gobbles pesticides, experiments with drugs and douses herself with radiation to ensure that she prodcues infants grotesque enough to keep the turnstiles clicking.
She does. Arturo the Aqua Boy is a limbless megalomaniac, Electra and Iphigenia are musically gifted Siamese twins with a penchant for prostitution and Fortunato is possessed of stange telekinetic powers.
Their story- by turns shocking, tender, touching and cruel- is narrated by their sister Olympia.
She is a bald, hunchbacked, albino dwarf.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 01/11/1990
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780349100869