As I'd chosen this book months ago, I hadn't actually remembered I'd already read An Unsuitable Woman by the same author until I came to write this review. The two novels share similar themes, but are different enough not to have noticed the link, unlike my Liane Moriarty book, which, having read four of hers now, all tend to be feature similar characters (good reads though they are).
The Artificial Anatomy of Parks is Tallulah's story, past and present, starting in the present in her early twenties, called to the hospital as her father has had a heart attack. We learn how she grew up in a family filled with secrets (whilst obvious to us readers, not to the tender Tallie) and how she coped with personal tragedy. Not a likeable character at first (like the main protagonist in An Unsuitable Woman), you just want to tell her to leave that job, call that boy, cut your hair. But she finds a way under your skin as she spirals down through boarding school, then shines in the relationship with her grandmother.
Kat Gordon's debut is built upon grit in damp and dirty surroundings, contrasting with the blistering landscape of colonial Nairobi, but both have secrets woven into their coming-of-age stories. An unglamorous and dingy holiday page turner.
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