The Cactus Summary
Sarah Haywood

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In Sarah Haywood's The Cactus, Susan Green is 45, pregnant, and stoically grieving the recent death of her mother. She is counting on her inheritance to make raising the upcoming baby on her own financially viable, but when her brother shows up with a will Susan had never seen before giving him life-rights to their mother’s house, Susan sets out to take back what is rightfully hers. The novel explores feminism, motherhood, logic and emotion, control and chaos, and the delicate interplay between the past and the future.