Midnight Cactus by Bella Pollen

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The best-selling author of Hunting Unicorns returns with a stirring and suspenseful tale of love and the quest for freedom, vividly set in the wild lands between Arizona and the Mexican border. On the run from her claustrophobic marriage in London, Alice Coleman moves her two small children to the American desert hoping to find the solitude she craves but hadn’t thought possible. But the vast and unruly southwest has room for the dreams of more than one fugitive—from Benjamin, an abandoned mining town’s Mexican caretaker, to the immigrants who risk their lives to cross the border, to the laconic cowboy Duval, who Alice finds herself falling for. What seemed idyllic turns deadly as Alice must decide how much she is willing to sacrifice in order to preserve not only her freedom, but Benjamin and Duvall’s as well. Building to a blistering climax, Midnight Cactus is both a perilous love story and a compelling exploration of the tension between unrealized dreams and the pull of family.
 

About Bella Pollen

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Bella Pollen is a writer and journalist who has contributed to a wide variety of publications including Vogue, The Observer, and The Sunday Telegraph. She is the author of four other novels including Midnight Cactus and Hunting Unicorns, which was a "Best Summer Read" on The Richard & Judy show. Visit Bella's website at bellapollen.com
 
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press, Black Cat. 452 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Feeling numb in her marriage, Alice Coleman leaves London with her two young children to oversee the restoration and resortification of Temerosa, a ghost town picked up as an investment by her husband, Robert.

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— a dilapidated area near the Mexican border — where she befriends Duval, a local renegade, and town caretaker Benjamín Weaving their story lines into Alice's, Pollen transforms a seemingly familiar tale of a woman on the verge into a lively meditation on how far people will go to escape the ...

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