Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray

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17 Critic Reviews

Ray’s novel could have easily slipped into a series of jokes, but suitably she creates substantial characters for this whimsy...it offers a lot of witty charm.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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 even more when her family doesn't notice a thing. Her best friend immediately observes the change, 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 it.   
   Clover discovers that there are others 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. 

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About Jeanne Ray

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Jeanne Ray 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. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Julie and Romeo, Julie and Romeo Get Lucky, Eat Cake, and Step-Ball-Change.
 
Published May 22, 2012 by Broadway Books. 274 pages
Genres: Other, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Calling Invisible Women
All: 17 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Apr 01 2012

Ray’s novel could have easily slipped into a series of jokes, but suitably she creates substantial characters for this whimsy...it offers a lot of witty charm.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
May 14 2012

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.

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Dear Author

Excellent
Reviewed by Jayne on May 22 2012

Dear Ms. Ray... I was a happy bunny when we were offered your latest book for review. After reading it, I’m glad to discover that your gentle, humorously zinging style is still humming along.

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City Book Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz on Jun 13 2012

I’ll concede that the probable audience is women of a certain age, but really, it should be required reading by anyone of any sex, age, or color. It is just simply marvelous!

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Star News Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Ben Steelman on Jul 29 2012

Ray is such a deadpan writer, it takes a few pages to catch on to how funny "Calling Invisible Women" really is. There's a serious point behind the hilarity, however – how women beyond a certain age become invisible to the world.

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Luxury Reading

Good
Reviewed by Vera on Sep 21 2012

Calling Invisible Women was interesting and insightful, but it does take a minute to get into the story and used to the confusion of who can (sort of) and cannot see the various invisible characters.

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Lesa's Book Critiques

Good
Reviewed by Lesa on May 26 2012

The dry quiet humor is marvelous. Imagine being invisible and not having to deal with security at the airports.

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Jenn's Bookshelves

Good
Reviewed by Jenn on May 23 2012

Calling Invisible Women is, without a doubt, the most unique take on the plight of women who have been forgotten and ignored by their loved ones...Highly recommended.

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The Romance Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Susan Scribner

...a curious little allegory about the plight of middle aged women in today’s society. It’s a whimsical, brief read that intrigues but doesn’t completely satisfy.

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Night Owl Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Isis on Jun 13 2012

I loved this story! It was a fantastic, easy to follow read.

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Lit and Life

Good
Reviewed by Lisa on May 23 2012

Ray certainly has her own style; Calling Invisible Women is satirical, funny, and touching.

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BookNAround

Good
Reviewed by Kristen on Jun 29 2012

Accessible and engrossing, this is storytelling the way it should be. It is appealing, straightforward, eminently relatable, and by turns humorous and sad.

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Bookpleasures.com

Good
Reviewed by Fran Lewis on Feb 14 2012

The author’s stories are humorous, heartfelt. present important messages to readers.

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Peaceful Reader

Good
May 30 2012

I enjoyed the characters, the topic, and I felt more empowered as I raised my fist in solidarity with them...

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Bookgirls Year of Challenges

Good
Sep 11 2012

...I am drawn to anything with a quirky title. Sometimes this pays off, some times is doesn't. In this case it does.

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Hooked Bookworm

Good
Reviewed by Karli on Aug 01 2012

Calling Invisible Women reads like a sci-fi superhero comedy. It's weird, hilarious, and completely entertaining, but it's also a bold commentary on the social status of middle-aged women.

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Midlife Bloggers

Good
Reviewed by Jane

It’s a fantasy tale (or is it?)...It’s funny; it’s well-written; and considering the Big Pharma headlines these days, it’s not a little scary.

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