A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK
'I found myself laughing out loud at Susan's prickly character' Reese Witherspoon
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | SHORTLISTED FOR THE BEST FIRST NOVEL AWARD | A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK
People aren't sure what to make of Susan Green. Family and colleagues find her prickly and hard to understand - but Susan makes perfect sense to herself. Age 45, she thinks her life is perfect. She has a London flat which is ideal for one; a steady job that suits her passion for logic; and a personal arrangement providing cultural and other, more intimate, benefits.
Yet suddenly faced with the loss of her mother and, implausibly, with the possibility of becoming a mother herself, Susan's greatest fear is being realised: she is losing control. And things can only get worse ... at least in Susan's eyes.
This sparkling debut is a breath of fresh air with real heart and a powerful emotional punch. In Susan we find a character as exasperating and delightful as The Rosie Project's Don Tillman. An uncompromising feminist and a fierce fighter, it's a joy to watch her bloom.
'Quirky, poignant and extremely readable' Sunday Mirror
'Brilliantly comic' The Lady
'Wonderfully funny and astute' Red
'Funny, compelling, well-written...for fans of Marian Keyes who demand a bit of grit in their comic writing' Emerald Street
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
What’s prickly, self-sufficient and in need of very little succor? In this particular case, it’s Susan Green, the single-girl heroine of Sarah Haywood’s unputdownable debut novel. The truth, quite frankly, is that Susan starts out as a pretty unlikable character. At 45, she’s a London lawyer turned civil servant whose self-imposed emotional isolation has made her no fun at all. But Haywood pulls off the delightful trick of bringing us over to Susan’s side through a gradual series of surprises, major life events, and personal awakenings. The Cactus made us cheer for the transformative power of love.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Love, love, love this book. I read a lot of books and this one touched me more than most. A wonderful read
Loved this book!