The Cactus by Sarah Haywood. Susan Green has a very organized and structured life. She relies on no one and is in complete control of her own life. She has always kept the same flat and the same job, never going out and stuck in her ways. She never wants to rely on anyone so that no one else could let her down. Like her collection of cacti, she has “evolved to thrive in arid conditions.”
When Susan’s mom dies and she finds out she is pregnant things begin to change. She is forced to let some people into her life and when she does this, she slowly begins to bloom. She learns that, “Sometimes you have to lose something to gain something.” Her neighbor asks her, “What’s the worst that can happen if you stop saying no to everything and everyone?” So Susan takes her advice and starts saying yes to things.
Susan is hard to like at first, but she is also hilarious. From the cover insert: “In this witty and heartfelt debut, one woman’s unconventional journey to motherhood means learning to embrace the unexpected.” I adored this book and all it’s lovely and quirky characters.
I also love this quote from the book: “These days, fairy tale endings come in all shapes and sizes. It’s ok for the princess to end up with the prince. It’s ok for her to end up with the footmen. It’s ok for to end up on her own. It’s also ok for her to end up with another princess, or with six cats or too decide she wants to be a prince. None of those make her any more or less a feminist.”
“It’s never too late to bloom.”
*Also a selection for Reese Witherspoon’s book club.