The Artificial Anatomy of Parks, Paperback
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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.




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This is Tallulah's story - before and after her mother died. It seems to her that the whole family (apart from her) know what the secret is and no one wants to tell her and despite eavesdropping whenever she can, is none the wiser. She has an abrasive character and at first is not very likeable, but then I found myself admiring how gutsy she was and how brutally honest. I loved how the book was written despite the secrets being a bit obvious! Some great descriptions of coping after a death, how awkward some relatives can be and life in a boarding school with the various cliques. All in all a pretty good first book - hopefully the first of many.