Hello and welcome to Harry’s Book Club, the fourth stop on the blog tour for The Cows by Dawn O’Porter.
A bit about the book…
Published by Harper Collins, The Cows is available to buy from today (6th April 2017) – happy publication day, Dawn!
COW [n.] /kaʊ/
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. Tara, Cam and Stella are strangers living their own lives as best they can – though when society’s screaming you should live life one way, it can be hard to like what you see in the mirror.
When an extraordinary event ties invisible bonds of friendship between them, one woman’s catastrophe becomes another’s inspiration, and a life lesson to all. Sometimes it’s ok not to follow the herd.
I was really excited to receive a copy of The Cows, especially as I had seen loads of chat about it on Twitter and it looked right up my street! At the heart of it, it’s a book about the pressure on women to reproduce in society, whilst also looking at what it means to be a mother, sister, daughter, friend and lover in the 21st century.
Stella, Tara and Cam are all at different stages in their lives, and all three women have a different take on motherhood. The book highlights that non-conventional journeys to motherhood are still normal, viable routes and if a woman doesn’t want a child, then that’s okay too. On the surface The Cows appears as a light-hearted chick-lit book, but it is so much more than that. An addictive and clever read, it is a fantastic piece of feminist literature that tackles deep, serious issues – everything from online trolling to how we deal with tragedy and grief.
The Cows is brilliant at celebrating and championing women in every form. It’s a letter to the modern-day woman, which tells us we can live any life we want to, with no judgement; Dawn reminds us it’s okay to be ourselves. It shows us that we should embrace our uniqueness and carve our own path out in this crowded world and as Cam says in the book, #DontFollowTheHerd
I found Stella, Cam and Tara to be well-developed, funny and fearless characters. Dawn did an interview with BBC Breakfast yesterday where she said that during the writing process all three women were either a fantasy of her or a part of her and that she’d felt all of their feelings during her lifetime. This shone through in the novel and made them all the more believable.
All-in-all, I absolutely loved this book and whilst it’s a pretty hefty 464 pages I sped through it in two evenings, I couldn’t put it down. I don’t want to give too much away in this review as I implore you to pick up a copy.
It was compelling, thoughtful and full of twists and I just had to find out what happened. The Cows is Dawn’s first foray into adult literature, I can’t wait to see what she does next!
A bit about Dawn…
Dawn O’Porter is a novelist, columnist, broadcaster and designer who lives in Los Angeles with her husband Chris, son Art, cat Lilu and dog Potato. She has made numerous documentaries about all sorts of things: polygamy, childbirth, Geisha, body image, breast cancer and even the movie Dirty Dancing. She is the critically acclaimed author of Paper Aeroplanes and Goose.
Dawn launched ‘Help Refugees’ in 2015, a charity that sends urgent care to refugees across Europe. She is also the host of ‘Get It On’, a weekly podcast where she interviews interesting people about why they wear what they wear.
www.dawnoporter.co.uk / @hotpatooties
The blog tour is running until 17th April – you can check out the other stops on the tour here:
I received an advanced copy of The Cows for an honest and unbiased review – thank you Harper Collins!