Feeling Invisible? You're Not Alone!
In her latest novel, Calling Invisible Women, author Jeanne Ray tackles issues that many of us face as we grow older.
As any woman can tell you, there are various points in life when you are stung by the realization that things have changed – only you haven’t noticed. Zelda Fitzgerald discovered this when, as she walked on a beach with one child on her hip and holding another by the hand, she felt the gaze of man. Assuming he was appreciating her physical beauty she turned to smile at him – only to realize that while in her mind, she was an attractive woman in a bathing suit, in his, she was a mother, not a woman.
Those of us over a certain age may reach a point in time when, not only do others not see us in ways we expect or want, but in fact they, don’t see us at all. In other words, we become invisible.
For Clover Hobart, the protagonist of Jeanne Ray’s funny and poignant new novel, Calling Invisible Women, that point in time is now. But not only does she feel invisible; Clover has actually become invisible. Literally.
As she faces the harsh truth that neither her children nor her husband have noticed that she has disappeared, Clover stumbles upon a group of women who, like she, has become invisible. Women who, it turns out, have all ingested a combination of hormone replacement, bone loss and anti-anxiety medications. Women who have lost their way, their relevance, their place in life.
Wearing her new found cloak of invisibility, Clover seeks to take on the drug company responsible for this dangerous medical cocktail, and to reclaim herself.
Ray has tackled the issue of growing older in a society that over-values youth in her previous novels, starting with Julia and Romeo. It is with great wit and empathy that in Calling Invisible Women she confronts the culture of big pharma, aging, and the sacrifices women make on behalf of their families.
Calling Invisible Women is both a fun read and a call to arms. Read it, and read it loudly.