The cactus

by Haywood, Sarah,

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New York Times Bestseller

"Fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine will love The Cactus." --Red magazine

In this charming and poignant debut, one woman's unconventional journey to finding love means learning to embrace the unexpected.

For Susan Green, messy emotions don't fit into the equation of her perfectly ordered life. She has a flat that is ideal for one, a job that suits her passion for logic, and an "interpersonal arrangement" that provides cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. But suddenly confronted with the loss of her mother and the news that she is about to become a mother herself, Susan's greatest fear is realized. She is losing control.

Enter Rob, the dubious but well-meaning friend of her indolent brother. As Susan's due date draws near and her dismantled world falls further into a tailspin, Susan finds an unlikely ally in Rob. She might have a chance at finding real love and learning to love herself, if only she can figure out how to let go.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "After a childhood filled with uncertainty and neglect, Susan Green now leads an uncomplicated, methodical life. She appreciates logic and following the rules, always speaks the truth, and, at 45, isn't dependent on anyone or anything. Detached from her family, with few friends and only an interpersonal arrangement with a man she sees weekly, everything is exactly how Susan would like. This tightly wound plan starts to unravel, however, with the death of her mother and the surprise news that Susan will soon become a mother herself. Things continue to fall apart when Susan learns her mother's will favors her younger brother, and she builds a legal case in a harried attempt to maintain control. But when it rains, it pours, and Susan's troubles grow as she discovers a shocking secret about her past. The truth changes everything, and Susan must realize that logic doesn't always prevail. Haywood's debut is a heartfelt and charming story of one woman's transition from a solitary, orderly existence to a messy life full of love.--Norstedt, Melissa Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "A cactus is the perfect metaphor for Haywood's hilarious and endearing debut about a prickly woman who thrives no matter her environment. Londoner Susan Green is a controlling single 45-year-old woman who is successful in both her professional life as a civil service worker and in her personal life with formally scheduled liaisons with Richard, a similarly organized and methodical businessman. Susan's disciplined life is rocked when her widowed mother dies and the will specifies that Susan's undeserving, ne'er-do-well younger brother, Edward, whom Susan despises and has little to do with for good reason, can inhabit the family's suburban home until he wants to sell it, at which time the proceeds will be evenly split. To make matters even more complicated, Susan discovers she is pregnant with Richard's child, whom she will raise alone because she doesn't want to be beholden to anyone. She intends to prove that her brother, now living in the house with his buddy, Rob, had undue influence on the content of their infirm mother's will. As Susan builds a case against her brother, she forms a dubious connection with Rob, hoping that will help her garner the truth about Edward's motives. What she eventually learns-not only about her mother but also about herself-thoroughly alters her approach to life, which Haywood lovingly and humorously demonstrates is actually a very good thing. The novel is consistently enjoyable, anchored by the splendid character of Susan. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Single women -- Fiction.
Asperger's syndrome -- Fiction.
Pregnancy -- Fiction.
Motherhood -- Fiction.
Mothers -- Death -- Fiction.
New mothers -- Fiction.
Life change events -- Fiction.
Grief -- Fiction.
Bereavement -- Fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
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Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Park Row Books2018.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9781488078729
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