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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,840 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeanne Ray Narrator: Coleen Marlo Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9780449010556
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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.
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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Witty and thought-provoking, Invisible Women will call out to any female who’s ever been made to feel invisible by virtue of her age, her gender, or both. People (3 ½ stars)
  • In a story both whimsical and significant, Jeanne Ray addresses an all-too-familiar fate that many women seem to suffer as they grow older…. Heartfelt, inspirational and uplifting, Calling Invisible Women calls out to readers with a passionate and important message. This book is clearly one that deserves to be noticed. BookPage
  • In her satirical tale of a woman trying to find herself, Ray, the mother of novelist Ann Patchett, offers a commentary about what it’s like for women to grow older. New York Post, Required Reading
  • Jeanne Ray’s newest novel, Calling Invisible Women, tells the humorous, touching story of how Clover reclaims her sense of self. Stripping off her clothes to go undetected, she becomes a sort of superhero: punishing bullies on the school bus, halting bank robberies, preventing her son from getting a tattoo—not to mention reigniting her career as an investigative journalist. Invisibility is hardly a subtle metaphor. But Ray argues persuasively that going undercover has its benefits. O, The Oprah Magazine (Summer Pick), Abbe Wright
  • This is a perfectly fabulous read that speaks volumes about society’s lack of awareness of middle-aged women. Read it as fast as you can, before it disappears before your eyes. Library Journal, starred review
  • “The heroine of bestselling novelist Jeanne Ray's Calling Invisible Women bands together with other invisible women in her town to fight back, gaining a new view of her town, her loved ones and herself… Ray, who didn't start writing novels until she was 60 - inspired partly by the urge to show that people "of a certain age" had as much fun and delight in their lives as younger folk - said a liking on her part for people with superpowers, like invisibility, gave the book its driving impetus… Julie and Romeo, the story of two people over 60 who find new romance - and the first of six novels, many of which center on women in their 50s and 60s and have led Ray to be dubbed "the mother of senior literature," a title she says she finds hilarious. While still in the draft stage, Ray received advice on her first book from her daughter, award-winning novelist Ann Patchett, who has written Bel Canto and other books. Reuters
  • Every homemaker who feels she's taken for granted should open Calling Invisible Women and meet Clover Hobart, who looks in the bathroom mirror one day and realizes that not only does she feel invisible, she is invisible…. Fans of Jeanne Ray know that (as with her 2003 debut Julie and Romeo) we'll come to feel that we know Clover and sympathize with her plight. It's readers' good fortune that Ray brings her light, smart touch to this comic take on women of a certain age who feel they've disappeared. A comic tale of a middle-aged woman whose family doesn't notice her--even when she actually disappears. Shelf Awareness
  • The characters in this fast, fun read are empowered and proactive. Publishers Weekly
  • Women of a certain age will devour Ray’s sly satire on the perils of big pharma, middle age, and the unseen consequences of living the quiet life. Booklist
  • Offers a lot of witty charm. Kirkus
  • Jeanne Ray is truly wise and funny about family, friendship, and love—about the ways in which we see (and don’t see) each other.  Calling Invisible Women is an utter delight. Hilma Wolitzer
  • A captivating comic romp...Wise, winsome, and refreshingly optimistic. People
  • A comic gem of a love story...completely entertaining. The Denver Post
  • 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
  • A little jewel of a book. The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • 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
  • A charming, smart love story with interesting characters and great laughs. The Christian Science Monitor

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 2/19/2014

    " liked the premise, but the ending failed for me... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 2/8/2014

    " Very good and thought-provoking "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Thorn | 2/7/2014

    " This book was such a delightful surprise. I was starting to think that my practice of not knowing anything about a book before reading it was my downfall. I have had a series of reads that were slow to develop and irritating. This book opened up and surprised me immediately. It was surprising and farfetched, but I loved the ridiculousness of it all. It was so well written that it didn't feel absurd, and I loved the unspoken commentary and metaphors. One of the best books I've read in a while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Britany | 1/29/2014

    " This was a cute, fun, quick read. I was a little leary of the whole woman wakes up invisible thing, but the author made it work in a way that made you appreciate your life and the people you have surrounding you. Make an effort to acknowledge people instead of letting them come in and out of your life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/25/2014

    " Weird premise. Picked up the book because I have enjoyed other books by Ray. This one is not one if her better efforts. Weird. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy Sinden | 1/21/2014

    " Jeanne Ray has written delightful books concerning the fact that life is not over till it is over. What a motto to live up to. Being invisible due to taking drugs to cover up ailments of progressing age is not the answer. Somehow this tale brings out the best of all concerned and one can look at it though the eye of determination instead of the age of depression and doing nothing. Its fictional through and through but what if it were really true. I started this book on April 27, and finished on April 29, 2013. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 tara Lombardi | 1/16/2014

    " very vanilla. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karol M | 1/15/2014

    " Clever. Fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monique Johnson | 1/8/2014

    " Odd book. Interesting albeit very far fetched premise, meh on the execution. Ending super rushed. 2.5 stars but i'll round up for the quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Smith | 12/15/2013

    " Cute and different... makes you think about some things... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 11/27/2013

    " This was a one day read - since I often feel invisible the title pulled me in. This is just a funny little read about maybe changing up things in your life - doing some good and then hopefully you too will finally be noticed again by your family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan Seaman | 9/21/2013

    " Entertaining and funny "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 5/6/2013

    " Enjoyable, quirky read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clkaric | 4/4/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book! Short but sweet. What a great (and fantastical) premise and an important message. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah Agrafojo | 2/16/2013

    " This would be a great BC novel. There are so many conversations here! Great characters - easily relatable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernice Noble | 2/14/2013

    " This an excellent book that points out in a very funny and also a serious way that all women feel invisible at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julianne Adams | 1/15/2013

    " this is such a fun read! I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 11/24/2012

    " Deliciously satirical and laugh out loud funny! Recommended for all - not just menopausal women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti | 6/10/2012

    " This a cute little book, give it about 90 pages, then you'll be glad that you read it! "

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About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Coleen Marlo is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator who has been nominated for an Audie Award twice, winning in 2011. She has been awarded three Listen-Up Awards from Publishers Weekly, an AudioFile Audiobook of the Year Award in 2011, and was named Audiobook Narrator of the Year for 2010 by Publishers Weekly. She is a member of the prestigious Actors Studio and taught acting for ten years at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Marlo is a proud founding member of Deyan Institute of Voice Artistry and Technology.