Title: The Cows
Author: Dawn O’Porter
Pub Date: 2017
My Rating: ★★★★☆
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
COW n. /ka?/
A piece of meat; born to breed; past its sell-by-date; one of the herd.
Women don’t have to fall into a stereotype.
The Cows is a powerful novel about three women. In all the noise of modern life, each needs to find their own voice.
It’s about friendship and being female.
It’s bold and brilliant.
It’s searingly perceptive.
It’s about never following the herd.
And everyone is going to be talking about it.
The Cows is a story like no other I have read. Not many books I know of tackle head-on problems of the modern world that so freely incorporates modern technology in it. It brings out all the heavy guns, we have a viral video, and the not so innocent victim of this video, famous blogger and trolls and haters.
Three different women, one is a single mom working in a male-dominated world of entertainment, directing videos for company’s online page. Second is an assistant to a successful photographer, she is mourning the death of her twin sister, struggles with her health and longs to have a child of her own. The third woman is a famous blogger, feminist with strong opinions that often stir public opinion and start serious debates, she’s single but not afraid to find a lover if she feels like it, and she openly admits that she doesn’t want to have kids. Could they be any different? What starts a spiral of events that eventually bring stories of all the woman together is a viral video of one of them.
I found this book truly fascinating and thought-provoking. We have a chance to see how some silly video that we would disregard after watching it or just pass on to another person laughing at the stupidity of the action, can ruin someone’s life. We have a chance to see what’s behind the words of famous bloggers, how they may feel about running their own online empire balancing on edge of being ostracised and losing their relevance and source of income. We have a chance to see behind a wall of carefully omitted stories from a shy and seemingly happy person, who is constantly struggling with death in her family and possibility of her own declining health, see behind the hateful words of online haters.
The Cows is not a book that I can recommend to everyone, there will be many that will find the story may be too impossible, cruel, who will feel such a strong disagreement with the woman in the story they won’t be able to enjoy the slightest bit of the story. But if you read my description of those three women, and you thought that this could be a fascinating mix, go ahead a read it, you will be shocked and you will enjoy it.