Calling Invisible Women

Calling Invisible Women

A Novel

Book Club Kit - 2012 | First edition
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Feeling unattractive and unappreciated as she enters her fifties, wife and mother Clover wakes up one morning and discovers that she has actually become invisible, a condition that goes unnoticed by her family.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307395054
Branch Call Number: BOOK CLUB RAY
Characteristics: 1 bag (8 books + 1 discussion guide)
Alternative Title: Book club kit


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Oct 15, 2018

Surprisingly good and interesting read.

Sep 16, 2018

I think often about the invisibility of the middle-aged woman. Sometimes I enjoy the freedom of (metaphorical) invisibility, and sometimes I find it irritating and diminishing. So I was happy to find an author, a book, that explored the idea in a way that challenges also the sexism of the pharmaceutical industry. I think Ray does a good job of exploring serious issues in a gentle way.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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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