The Cows by Dawn O’Porter – review.


COW [n.]


A piece of meat; born to breed; past its sell-by-date; one of the herd.

Three women. A whole world of judgement.

Tara, Cam and Stella are very different women. Yet in a society that sets the agenda, there’s something about being a woman that ties invisible bonds between us.

When one extraordinary event rockets Tara to online infamy, their three worlds collide in ways they could never imagine – and they discover that one woman’s catastrophe might just be another’s inspiration.

Through friendship and conflict, difference and likeness, they’ll learn to find their own voices.

About the author

DAWN O’PORTER lives in Los Angeles with her husband Chris, her two boys Art and Valentine, and her cat Lilu and dog Potato.

Dawn started out in TV production but quickly landed in front of the camera, making numerous documentaries that included immersive investigations of Polygamy, Size Zero, Childbirth, Free Love, Breast Cancer and the movie Dirty Dancing. Further TV work included This Old Thing, a prime-time Channel 4 show celebrating the wonders of vintage clothing.

Dawn’s journalism has appeared in multiple publications and she was the monthly columnist for Glamour magazine. She is now a full-time writer of six books – although she would probably have written sixteen if it weren’t for her addiction to Instagram Stories.

Most recently, Dawn has written the script for Especially for You, a jukebox musical using the infamous Stock Aitken and Waterman back catalogue. The show will open with a national tour in early 2020.

My thoughts

I seriously loved this book! It was funny, heartwarming, cringeworthy and even sad at times. It also had such a well explored serious side to it; that of the expectations of society when it comes to women and what we do with our bodies and how we live our lives. How the judgement soon rolls in if we deviate from our perceived biological plan or if our behaviours don’t fit what society sees as the norm.

The use of social media and how it can make or break someone’s life was genius. I found it easy to read and each of the three perspectives explored had me gripped. Cam; the childfree blogger. Stella; the woman with confidence and health issues, and Tara; who was the star of the show. She represented the hard working lone parent.

This book read at breakneck speed and I just loved how it came together at the end. I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves a funny read with a serious side to it. There are many talking points in the book which would make it a great book club read. With strong characters and prose that doesn’t allow the reader to pause, it was a winner from me!

Thanks for reading!

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About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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