The Cactus: A Novel

The Cactus: A Novel

by Sarah Haywood


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778369073
Publisher: Park Row Books
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 779
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sarah Haywood studied law and has worked as a solicitor, an advice worker and as an investigator of complaints about lawyers. She now lives in the UK with her husband and two sons. The Cactus is her first novel.

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The Cactus 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
The Cactus is an excellent British novel, set in Birmingham and London, that brings to life a plethora of life lessons; birth and death, greed and generosity, stubbornness and weak-willed. But the most important life lesson I mined from the pages of The Cactus is how to go about defining "family". Sarah Haywood allows us an intimate peek into the lives of the Green Family - Clive and Patricia, Susan and Edward. And Sylvia and Frank Mason, Wendy and Chrissie and the grandchildren. I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Sarah Haywood, and Two Roads Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.