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Calling Invisible Women

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  3,686 ratings  ·  927 reviews
A mother in her early fifties, Clover knows she no longer turns heads, and she's missed only when dinner isn't on the table on time. She feels like she may as well be invisible. But when she wakes up one morning to discover she really is invisible, she panics. But her husband and son don't even notice! Clover's friend, Marjorie, is quick to notice though. At least she know ...more
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Aryn
"'[Y]our wife. Let's say she's been through menopause and she's being eaten alive by hot flashes so her doctor gives her some Premacore. After that the same doctor finds that her bone density isn't quite what it should be and so he gives her some Ostafoss as well. But on top of that she's a little depressed. Can you blame her? She's just been through menopause, and you're working all the time, so he gives her some Singsall, just a touch just to brighten up the picture.'
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'She didn't pick th
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Tara Bilbao
I loved so many aspects of this book. Yes, it asks us to stretch our imagination but not too far beyond what many of us older women have felt as we age. I was very pleased with the way Clover and Arthur's relationship was examined and also in the way it ultimately turned out. I am sure many women can relate to being taken for granted on a daily basis, yet still know that deep down our relationships are solid - unlike Clover's appearance.

I too remember the day I realized i was invisible. It was a
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Megan
I really liked the concept of this book. Women, after a certain age, are no longer valued as beautiful, intelligent, and interesting...even if they still are all of these things. They live in the backgrounds, taking care of the domestic details of a family's life. They feel invisible...and a small number of these middle aged women are actually BECOMING invisible.

I just wish she would've tweaked how she handled it a bit. I could see this being better as a short story, and that's coming from someo
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Salymar
Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray is a unique novel that speaks for fulltime-taken-for-granted mothers who are all day doing household works and taking care of kids. It might sound really lame at first, but the twist is that, in the new millennium, majority of mothers are figuratively experiencing “invisibility” at home. For instance, (excerpt from the book) The boys can be looking at naked women on the internet and they don’t so much as twitch when I walk into the room. I can ask Steve (her ...more
Irene
Fifty-four year old Clover wakes up one morning to discover that she is invisible. She still has substance. Her touch can be felt, her voice can be heard, clothes hang off her body, but she can not be seen. No one notices: not her husband who cradles her in bed or her young adult children, not the clerk who processes her dry cleaning or the women in her yoga class, not the GP who examines her or the nurse who takes her blood pressure. Only her best friend/neighbor and her mother-in-law notice he ...more
Marianne
Calling Invisible Women is the fifth novel by American author, Jeanne Ray. Like many women in their fifties holding down jobs and looking after families, Clover Hobart has often felt like she’s invisible. Then, one day she wakes up to find she actually is. Invisible. However, no-one seems to notice; not her paediatrician husband, Arthur, not her adult children, Nick and Evie. In fact, only her best friend Gilda actually realises something is wrong. But quite by accident, Clover discovers other w ...more
Robyn
Honestly I think the book flap was my favorite part. Well, that and all the invisibility. The way the book is presented I thought I was in for a woman who went unnoticed in her life for so long that she actually, physically became... invisible. I thought, because of the book flap, that she would use her new invisibility to learn more about why her family never saw her, and how her lack of physical presence would affect them. Nope. The book stays surface level and never truly delves into the real ...more
Peggy Bird
Several years ago I wrote an essay about getting more invisible the whiter my hair turned. In it, I proposed uniting all invisible women and kids, who are also usually invisible, so we could take over the world and make it better. It was one of those I'm-laughing-so-I-don't-scream-or-cry essays and it was included in an anthology aimed at women of, shall we say, a certain age.

A few weeks ago the editor of the anthology emailed me and told me about this book, saying I was clearly on to something.
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Karen
I received this book as an ARC from Read-It-Forward. I had read the author's first book, Julie and Romeo, about 10 years ago on the recommendation of my mother-in-law and while it wasn't my usual choice, being very much a woman's book, it was light and enjoyable enough.

Calling Invisible Women was an absolute delight! It is the story of 50-something Clover Hobart who has a busy physician husband and two grown children (one in college and one unemployed two years post college and living at home).
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Booknblues
Imagine being invisible, what would you do? What would you wear? And everyone’s favorite question is it the super power you would choose. This is the intriguing premise that guides Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray.

While I was expecting along the lines of Fay Weldon’s The Life and Loves of a She Devil, I was pleased to find that Jeanne Ray’s Calling Invisible Women was more sunlit and less grim. I was also very pleased to find that this was a book which I picked up and could not put down unt
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Jann Barber
I don't know if this book will be more meaningful to "women of a certain age," but I found it to be absolutely delightful while also making several good points.

Clover Hobart is in her early fifties and is shocked to find that she can't see herself one day after showering. She reappears, but when it happens again and she doesn't reappear, she knows something is wrong...really wrong.

Neither her hard-working husband, Arthur, nor her back-at-home-due-to-unemployment son, Nick, notice anything differ
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Carmen
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women with a sense of humor
Recommended to Carmen by: Library
I was surprised I like this book so much. Going off a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" idea, Jeanne Ray purports that women who are ignored and unappreciated will turn invisible. This book only concentrates on middle-class, straight women, but I'm sure women of all kinds are turning invisible in this universe. Well, maybe not, because it turns out that all women who are disappearing are on a specific combination of pharmaceuticals: antidepressant, botox, hormone-replacement, and a calcium supplement.

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Naomi
Although this book was out of my normal genre, I found myself really liking this short read. I liked it enough that I will probably read some of the author's other books. Who can't relate to this book when you have been married forever and are mommy and wife. I just loved the antics and interactions of these women and with Clover and her family, who don't realize she is "missing"! The writing is just plain fun, as well. On what could be a real downer topic, Ms. Ray keeps it extremely light. I fo ...more
Lisa
I'd venture to guess that most of us have felt invisible at one time or another. Having said that, however, I suspect that those of us who are wives and mothers may consider this more of a chronic condition. That makes this book very relatable.

There's an actual story here, not just an allegory. It's told with satire and touches upon social norms, women's roles, drug companies, etc., but at its core, it's about self-worth. Ray's depiction of invisibility is spot-on, from its characteristics to t
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Julie
First the bright red cover caught my eye while browsing new books at the Library. Then, the blurb on the book flap captured my interest. I can relate to feeling invisible at times! Here goes....hope it's fun!

Update: Yes, it was fun! Jeanne Ray challenges 'invisible' people to re-direct their energies in a positive way & discover a new passion for living through this delightfully funny and thought provoking novel.
Amy Neftzger
I picked up the book because the concept intrigued me. A woman wakes up one day to discover that she's become invisible and no one notices, least of all her husband. One of the things that appealed to me is that I think this is often true - many women as we become older also become somewhat invisible to those around us. I enjoyed this book, which tackles the subject in a lighthearted manner. In no way is this a fault - in fact, I think it's a strength. I like the fact that I can laugh over a som ...more
Gwyneth Stewart
The main character of this story, Clover, is a fifty-ish wife and mother and under-employed journalist. She steps out of the shower one morning to find that she has become invisible. Stranger than that, neither her husband nor her young adult children notice (her best friend does, though, right away). Stranger still, she finds that even in her smallish Ohio town, there is a whole community of invisible women.
This book does require a certain willing suspension of disbelief, but also expresses we
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Jacquelynn Fritz
What would you do if you woke up one morning and you were invisible? Panic, this is what Clover does. Worse yet, only her best friend notices. Clover's husband is to busy with his practice, her son is worried about finding a job, and her daughter is at college.
She's reading the paper and notices an ad for a support group for invisible women. There she learns she's not alone and that Dexter-White a drug company is responsible. The women found that if they took Premacore, a hormone replacement,
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Jak
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Janet
The book title alone caught my attention, as I immediately empathized with whomever had written this novel. This novel is a playful story of a middle aged woman whose creative and family life were passing her by like a shinkansen train. I was prepared for a somewhat soppy story about a woman who was practically to all extent invisible, not one that actually became invisible, and that’s what hooked me into reading more. Perhaps she was stuck for a moment, but through the novel, she comes roaring ...more
Jeannie
This book was a little entertaining. It tried to be realistic, but it certainly was not. Pharmaceutical companies hiding knowledge, padding statistics, and abusing this kind of information is not unrealistic, but in our day, whistle-blowers sure would have brought such problems to light much sooner than a few women pursuing such justice in the time the book portrays. With how heavily regulated clinical research is, this wouldn't happen. I know because I work in the industry and often can't fully ...more
Mandolin
Somewhere along her journey from star reporter to stay-at-home doctor's wife, Clover Hobart slowly disappeared. Giving her life to her two children and her husband, she lost herself in the process. Only when she physically disappears, however, does Clover realize how little the people around her even notice. Thankfully, a twist of fate brings Clover into contact with a small group of other women who have suffered the same fate. Ranging from previous television personalities to high school teache ...more
Mari
Jeanne Ray's books are quirky, fun, and clever. They feel like contemporary fiction, but often have just enough zany in them to push them towards magical realism. I like to give them to readers who tend towards literary fiction but tell me they want something light and fun for a change.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one, but I will admit to reading it quickly and not dwelling too much on it. I completely suspended any disbelief I might have and let Ms. Ray and the characters whisk me along.
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Stephanie
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The premise here is great. Really great. The execution? Not so much. I enjoy magical realism and I will go along for the ride, but then the things that need to be realistic really need to be so. Like when the protagonist's family finally realizes she is invisible and they don't lose their shit completely? Unrealistic. Like the pat resolutions to life's problems? Unrealistic. Look, I was an amotivated, unemployed young adult as well, and this is not so cleanly rectified as with an
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Cindy
Clever concept; quick and entertaining read. What would it be like to wake up one morning and discover you are invisible, but no one seems to notice? Then you discover there are other women just like you? Funny and a little sad tale. Ending was somewhat abrupt.
Lisa
Clover Hobart wakes up one morning and discovers that she's invisible. She rushes to get comfort and support from her best friend who notices her invisibility immediately, but her family doesn't have a clue. Will they ever figure it out? While the invisibility is a broad easy to see metaphor for how women are ignored and overlooked in society, it worked as a comedic device. After all, how many women have never felt invisible? For those who could relate, the book was very amusing. It was good for ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
A delightful fun read. The idea is that women are being turned invisible due to combination of drugs. However their families and people in society don't notice. If your a mother or a wife you probably have experienced this feeling yourself!This is not just a story but a commentary on family dynamics and society. The story is presented in a light and funny way making it a great read.
Ms. Yingling
Clover wakes up one morning and cannot see herself in the mirror. Thinking that she is perhaps having a stroke, she asks her college graduate son (who has moved home because, as a women's studies/history major, he can't find a job) if he can see her, and he doesn't even notice she's not there. Nor does her busy doctor husband. Her good friend, Gilda, does, although her son doesn't. Not quite sure what to do about this turn of events, Clover eventually finds a meeting/support group for invisible ...more
Lynetta
It is always lovely to watch the progress of an author, especially a local one. Jeanne Ray wrote her first two novels at/after age sixty, about Julie and Romeo, a "mature" couple who had been enemies who find they are attracted. Her work is light and comfortable. There were two more, Eat Cake, complete with recipes, and Step-Ball Change, about dancing.

Calling Invisible Women has an interesting premise. Our heroine, Clover Hobart, and other women, have taken Premacore, Ostafoss, and Singsall, alo
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bookczuk
Clover is the latest in a line of women portrayed by author Jeanne Ray, who I have loved to meet through books. She's my age (54), a writer, mom, wife, who one day woke up invisible. And hardly anyone noticed. Life went on, albeit a bit more transparently.

No this isn't a remake of The Invisible Man, and her invisibility is used for good, not evil. Mostly though, it is used to figure out why she's now invisible. One morning, Clover noticed an ad in the personals"
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Jeanne Ray is the New York Times bestselling author of Julie and Romeo and four other novels. She worked as a registered nurse for forty years before she wrote her first novel at the age of sixty. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and her dog, Red.
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“Had I ever spent the day in our neighborhood public high school as an invisible woman while my children were still enrolled there, I no doubt would have insisted on home schooling.” 3 likes
“You're just going to bear witness to his life. I think sometimes that's the greatest gift we can give one another.” 3 likes
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