A mom in her early fifties, Clover knows she no longer turns heads the way she used to, and she's only really missed when dinner isn't on the table on time. Then Clover wakes up one morning to discover she's invisible - truly invisible. She panics, but when her husband and son sit down to dinner, nothing is amiss. Even though she's been with her husband, Arthur, since college, her condition goes unnoticed. Her friend Gilda immediately observes that Clover is invisible, which relieves Clover immensely -she's not losing her mind after all - but she is crushed by the realization that neither her husband nor her children ever truly look at her. She was invisible even before she knew she was invisible.
Clover discovers that there are other women like her, women of a certain age who seem to have disappeared. As she uses her invisibility to get to know her family and her town better, Clover leads the way in helping invisible women become recognized and appreciated no matter what their role. Smart and hilarious, with indomitable female characters, Calling Invisible Women will appeal to anyone who has ever felt invisible.
©2012 Jeanne Ray (P)2012 Random House Audio
"Women of a certain age will devour Ray's sly satire on the perils of big pharma, middle age, and the unseen consequences of living the quiet life." (Booklist)
"Offers a lot of witty charm." (Kirkus)
"Jeanne Ray is truly wise and funny about family, friendship, and love - about the ways in which we see (and don't see) each other. Calling Invisible Women is an utter delight." (Hilma Wolitzer)
this was a very entertaining book. I was surprised to find myself pondering deeper issues in what I had imagined was going to be a total bit of fluff.
when a visitor noticed the narrator was invisible even though her family had not noticed
when the invisible women visited the high school
comedy meets consumer advocacy
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the reader. Hope to hear more of her.
I don't know.
Anger, sadness, disappointment that others thought this was a funny book.
It was awful.
No, I would not try another book by this author.
It was ridiculous, I thought it was going to be much more philosophical about the invisablity of women not literal - If that's what they were aiming for they missed the mark completely.
It wouldn't matter who read it, could not make it a good story,
Annoyed I wasted my time reading the whole book.
Whoever wrote the summary should have been more clear that it was LITERALLY about women becoming invisable like in bad science fiction.
Since having kids - the luxury of sitting down and reading a book is out of the question. Now I can put on good book for just me, or one for the kids while driving and everyone is at PEACE and no one is YELLING. Life is good.
I really liked this book. Even from the beginning when she's first discovered that she's become invisible and trying to figure everything out. I'm right along with the character thinking "Hey - I feel that way too." The story is well written. I wish our reader would have used just a touch more voice differentiation during the sarcastic remarks, but over all a good job.
As with all Jeanne Ray books, this is a good story with food for thought. Not heavy reading but interesting and gently humorous. Ended too soon, didn't like to say goodbye to these characters.
The narration is excellent.
Very thought provoking. I found myself thinking about this story a lot. I'm glad there was so much love and not too much anger in the book.
At a minimum, this is a very interesting take on being truly, literally invisible. What could you do? How would you dress - would you dress? How could you change the world? And, of course, there are also all the layers of questions about life and invisibility...to our family, our friends, strangers, ourselves. A great read!
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