When I was a wayward youth, I'd heard that Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth was a fan of this book. Young punk-rock-minded boys of the late eighties all had many fantastic ideas about women like Kim Gordon, so that was that.
I managed to convince one of my English professors at CMU to read this book. She said she liked it, but maybe she was being nice. It's a bit of an oddball. How many books have you read where the narrator is a mute circus freak? Well...add this to that list.