The Kilbourn Public Library Book Discussion is reading Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray for the May book selection. 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.
What do you think of Clover's life early on in the book? Is it one with which you can identify?
When Clover realizes she is invisible, she is frightened. How might you feel if you became invisible and your family didn't notice? Or do you think they would?
Her best friend Gilda notices immediately that Clover is invisible. What does this say to you regarding family vs. friends?
What do you feel was the most important lesson Clover's invisiblilty taught the rest of the characters?
Let us know what you think about this witty and thought-provoking novel.
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