Calling Invisible Women

Calling Invisible Women

A Novel

Book - 2012
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A delightfully funny novel packing a clever punch, from the author of the New York Times bestselling Julie and Romeo
 
   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.

Praise for Jeanne Ray's novels:
"A captivating comic romp...Wise, winsome, and refreshingly optimistic." -- People
"A comic gem of a love story...completely entertaining." -- The Denver Post
"At last, someone has written a love story for and about grown-ups! A smart, sexy celebration of the timeless nature of romance." --A. Manette Ansay
"A little jewel of a book." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Love and desire will not be denied in this lighthearted inversion of a classic story. Filled with the delicate sweetness of fresh flowers and new love, Julie and Romeo is a smart, funny, touching book. Where has Jeanne Ray been hiding all these years?" --Alison McGhee, author of Shadow Baby
"A charming, smart love story with interesting characters and great laughs." -- The Christian Science Monitor
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307395054
Branch Call Number: FIC Ray
Characteristics: 246 p

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Chapel_Hill_TracyB Sep 15, 2016

Clover, a wife and mom in her 50's, realizes one day that she's becoming invisible--literally--and, much to her surprise, her family (and most other people) doesn't notice. Initially, and as you might expect, this has Clover wondering just how important she is if no one even notices when she disappears. But she soon discovers that there are a number of advantages to being an invisible woman...and she's not alone. This can be read on a fairly superficial level, as it's light and funny and just charming. But if you choose to look more closely, Ray makes a serious statement about how we see ourselves versus how others see us

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lpreston214
Feb 12, 2014

One morning, Clover Hobart wakes up invisible. After panic subsides somewhat she realizes her husband and son don't even notice. Clover eventually embraces her invisibility, hooks up with other invisibles (all middle-aged women) has a few adventures and organizes her kind to bring down the phamaceutical company responsible. A pretty fun read but, being a middle-aged woman myself, I found it ultimately depressing.

LaughingOne Jan 23, 2014

I enjoy all of Jeanne Ray's novels, including this latest one. As an older woman, I also feel invisible sometimes, so it was easy to relate to Clover, who feels invisible and then becomes invisible. In addition to comments like other reviewers have made, about insights realized while being invisible, and things one can do with relative impunity because one is invisible, there was an undercurrent (for me at least) about drug companies and drugs being pushed on citizens when the drug companies know there are problems with those drugs. Excellent, fun, and educational read. Thank you.

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Lanny213
Jul 14, 2013

Didn't know where this book was going for the longest time - finding oneself or mystery. Ended up being a bit of both.

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Pisinga
Jan 16, 2013

The impression is that you are stuck on the same page, even though you're turning pages. This book will be more suitable for reading by women who are over 40. I liked the author's sense of humor.

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kesha1123
Dec 30, 2012

A light-hearted, fun read that keeps a smile on your face.

branch_reviews Oct 31, 2012

Fifty-four-year-old Clover Hobart knows that her pediatrician husband, unemployed son and self-centred daughter take her for granted. However, she is shocked when one day she looks in a mirror and discovers not only does she feel invisible – she is invisible. She’s even more shocked when no one in her family even notices! When she spots a notice in the local newspaper saying: "Calling Invisible Women. Downtown Sheraton Wednesday at 10AM. Bring a kleenex" she decides to investigate. She finds there are many other women of a certain age who are also invisible, and they set out to discover why. Along the way, Clover learns that being invisible can actually be a good thing! This witty, touching novel should captivate anyone who has felt invisible or taken for granted. Another charming story from Ray, who wrote her first novel after working as a nurse for 40 years. She’s also the mother of author Ann Patchett. Reviewed by DC

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klwallen
Aug 26, 2012

a mom in her 50s, Clover is already used to feeling invisible but then she actually becomes invisible.

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IrisNielsen
Aug 03, 2012

This was quite entertaining, Clover already feels invisible to her older children and very busy doctor husband; when she actually becomes invisible they don't realize that there isn't a visible body beneath the clothes walking around. Clover and other invisible women discover they're still powerful and necessary as they fight crime and bullies.

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SandraHomer
Jul 17, 2012

check spelling and sentence grammar. alot is two words.

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