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London SYP Book Club – September 2015 – ‘The Artificial Anatomy of Parks’ by Kat Gordan
Book: 'The Artificial Anatomy of Parks' by Kat Gordan
Genre: Special - Contemporary Fiction
Venue: Notes, Moorgate
A literary debut covering family secrets, intergenerational friendships, love, damage, and medicine
At 21, 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? Why is everyone making excuses for her absent father? Who was Uncle Jack and why would no one talk about him?
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.
** Associated Author event TBC October 2015*