If Ari Seth Cohen’s book Advanced Style, which I wrote about on MidLife-Beauty, is out and out in-your-face about the invisibility of older women, Jeanne Ray’s novel, Calling Invisible Women, is the gentle magic realism version. Ray, a bestselling New York Times author, has penned a contender for the beach book MidLifeBloggers will take on vacation.
It’s a fantasy tale (or is it?) about a group of women who have been rendered invisible by the combination of three common menopausal medications. How they deal with their invisibility–and how they deal with the drug company whose greed created the problem drugs in the first place is the gist of the story. It’s funny; it’s well-written; and considering the Big Pharma headlines these days, it’s not a little scary.
You know how picky I am about fiction, but I agree with the Kirkus Review of the book, which was published in May:
Ray’s novel could have easily slipped into a series of jokes, but suitably she creates substantial characters for this whimsy. Though the novel has a softer bite than the best satires (Fay Weldon’s, for one), it offers a lot of witty charm.
Lucky us, Crown Publishers and Random House have offered to send one MidLifeBlogger their own copy of Calling Invisible Women. Here’s what you have to do to qualify for this giveaway:
1. Comments, we love comments. So, yes, you must tell us in your comment what you think about the issue of aging and invisibility. Have you ever felt invisible? When? With who? What did you do about it?
2. Go like us on Facebook.
That’s it. Two tasks and the chance to receive a free copy of the book is yours. Contest ends at midnight next Friday, June 29, 2012. I’ll notify the winner and with any luck, you’ll have your copy in time for your summer vacation.
Or you can buy the book here.
And the lucky winner is: Michelle Annette. Congratulations, Michelle–let us know what you thought of Calling Invisible Women.