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April 2, 2015



At twenty-one, Tallulah Park lives alone in a grimy bedsit. There’s a sink in her bedroom and a strange damp smell that means she wakes up wheezing. Then she gets the call that her father has had a heart attack.
Years before, she was being tossed around her difficult family; a world of sniping aunts, precocious cousins, emigrant pianists and lots of gin, all presided over by an unconventional grandmother. But no one was answering Tallie’s questions: why did Aunt Vivienne loathe Tallie’s mother? Who was Uncle Jack and why would no one talk about him? And why was everyone making excuses for her absent father?
As Tallie grows up, she learns the hard way about damage and betrayal, that in the end, the worst betrayals are those we inflict on ourselves. This is her story about the journey from love to loss and back again.
The Artificial Anatomy Of Parks by Kat Gordon is a well written family drama novel heart breaking at times.  Tallulah Park live alone her flat is in a converted Victorian house, but she has a bedroom with a stink. She hasn’t seen her father in some years when she gets a phone call from Marylebone Heart hospital informing Tallulah that her young fifty-four year-old father has had a heart attack. Tallulah had problems with her uncle Jack when she was young with the family home feeling uneasy every time her uncle Jack was around.  Her aunt Gillian is married to Paul who is her oldest husband yet. As Tallulah returned to work her boss thinks that her father’s heart attack was just an excuse to have some time off. Stress and family drama is all here waiting for you to explore the themes of how we love and exploration of forgiveness. Full praise to Kat Gordon for this wonderful novel. I hope we all will see more novels by Kat Gordon

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