Entertainment Weekly


Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


Midnight Cactus

Posted on

Early in Midnight Cactus, Bella Pollen’s absorbing novel, Londoner Alice Coleman reflects: ”Unhappiness is a dangerous thing, like carbon monoxide. You don’t smell it, you don’t taste it…but it poisons slowly.” In her case, the toxin is a crumbling marriage, and the cure is relocating with her two kids to Temerosa, Ariz. — 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 grip of the past.