Clover is a mother and wife in her early 50s and has come to terms with the fact that she has passed the days of her youth and even the days of her prime when she could turn heads with her good looks. She is generally taken for granted by her family and noticed only when dinner doesn’t show up on time. Then Clover’s life takes a drastic turn when she steps out of the shower one morning, walks to the mirror above the sink, and realizes… she’s invisible. Completely invisible. Initially she feels overwhelmed with panic, but as she moves about the house slowly she realizes that nobody seems to notice that her body is no longer there. The only one to notice that Clover has turned invisible is her neighbor and good friend Gilda; Clover comes to the realization that her husband and children never truly take notice nor pay much attention. She was invisible figuratively before it happened literally.
Soon Clover discovers that she is not the only invisible woman roaming around town (ironically unnoticed) and they all seem to be around her same age. As she uses her invisibility to her advantage, Clover begins to truly know the people in her family as well as the people in her neighborhood. She takes initiative and begins helping the other invisible women to become recognized and appreciated no matter what their role in life might be to the people around them.
I was a little confused at first when I started reading Calling Invisible Women. It took me quite a few chapters to figure out if Clover were truly invisible or if she simply FELT invisible. It continued to confuse me further when it originally appeared as if some people (and possibly animals) could see her and others couldn’t. Eventually I got into the story and understood the general idea of how this concept of invisibility was working, but it continually baffled me here and there. It just did not seem logical that some people seemed completely oblivious to things like a floating dish of dinner approaching the dining table.
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. This book is a great read for anyone who ever felt unappreciated, taken for granted, and well, must I really say it, invisible.
Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. She goes to school full time as an English major with a focus in creative writing. She likes anime and reads books and plays video games in her moments of spare time.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Kelley and Hall Publicity. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.