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Calling invisible women : a novel
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Clover Hobart (Female), Mother, Married, Wakes up invisible; tries to adjust to an invisible life
Missing persons
Life changes
Female friendship
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  Library Journal Review

It is said that women start feeling invisible after a certain age, but what if you woke up one morning and that sensation has manifested itself into fact? Worse, what if your family doesn't realize it? Such is the case for Clover Hobart, a fiftysomething stay-at-home mom and part-time journalist. On a seemingly normal weekday morning, Clover wakes up invisible. With the help of Gilda, her best friend, and the ladies of the invisible women's support group, Clover seeks to find a voice for all invisible women while working to strike a balance between her family life and invisibility. VERDICT Audie Award winner Coleen Marlo does a fantastic job of bringing the cast of characters to life. Her portrayal of Clover's "zen" mother-in-law is especially enjoyable. Lighthearted, funny, and relatable, a definite must for women. ["Written by novelist Ann Patchett's mother (Romeo and Julie Get Lucky), this is a perfectly fabulous read that speaks volumes about society's lack of awareness of middle-aged women," read the review of the Crown hc, LJ 5/1/12.-Ed.]-Saori Wendy Yoshioka, M.B. Ketchum Memorial Lib., California Coll. of Optometry, Fullerton (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Fifty-something Clover has long felt invisible to her husband and children, but when she wakes one morning to discover she can't see herself in the mirror, her fears become reality. Initially, she panics and worries that she is going blind, or even worse, insane-her son, Nick, and husband, Arthur, don't seem to notice. Clover soon realizes, however, that she isn't imagining her invisibility and her family had simply stopped seeing her years ago. When browsing the classified section of the newspaper, Clover finds an ad for an upcoming meeting: "Calling Invisible Women." She soon discovers a community of other middle-aged, invisible women, who inform Clover that their condition is caused by a reaction between three drugs made by Dexter-White pharmaceuticals: an antidepressant, a hormone replacement therapy drug, and a calcium supplement. Meeting more afflicted women inspires Clover to embrace her invisibility rather than hide it. She shadows her husband at work, polices the school buses to stop bullies, and even thwarts a bank robbery. With other women in the support group, Clover decides to take action against Dexter-White and demand justice for the drug interaction that caused their condition. While Ray's concept of middle-aged women feeling overlooked by society may not be new, the characters in this fast, fun read are empowered and proactive. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A delightfully funny novel packing a clever punch, from the author of the New York Times bestselling Julie and Romeo <br>  <br>    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.<br>    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.<br> <br> Praise for Jeanne Ray's novels:<br> "A captivating comic romp...Wise, winsome, and refreshingly optimistic." -- People <br> "A comic gem of a love story...completely entertaining." -- The Denver Post <br> "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<br> "A little jewel of a book." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer <br> "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 <br> "A charming, smart love story with interesting characters and great laughs." -- The Christian Science Monitor
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