Domestic Violets: A Novel by Matthew NormanDomestic Violets: A Novel by Matthew Norman

Domestic Violets: A Novel

byMatthew Norman

Paperback | August 9, 2011

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“Hystericaland often touching. . . . Domestic Violets is a fast, fun, hilariousread." —Jessica Anya Blau, critically-acclaimed author of The Summer of Naked Swim Parties and DrinkingCloser to Home

Inthe tradition of Jonathan Tropper and Tom Perrotta comes Matthew Norman's Domestic Violets—adarkly comic family drama about one man’s improbable trials of love, loss, andambition; of attraction, impotence, and infidelity; and of mid-life malaise,poorly-planned revenge, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Matthew Norman is an advertising copywriter. He lives with his wife and daughter in Baltimore.Domestic Violetsis his first novel.
Title:Domestic Violets: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:August 9, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062065114

ISBN - 13:9780062065117


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This book is for fans of Jonathan Tropper (but it's more realistic). Tom Violet is a great character and the story is well-told. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious! It just doesn't seem like life could get any more tedious for Tom Violet. His job sucks, his marriage seems to be at a stand still, his celebrity father has left yet another wife and it seems like his step mother is stalking him. To top it all off he's finally finished his novel and he's just not sure what to do with it. Is he having a midlife crisis? That would be putting it lightly! This debut novel is a hilarious look at the life of a man who's just trying to function in today's world. I am not kidding when I say this novel is hilarious. From the very first page I couldn't stop giggling. We've all been in similar situations to Tom. Moments where the absurtity of life just gets to be too much. I think that's the main reason this book is so funny – it's just so easy to relate too. At the same time, though funny, this book also has some serious moments. Tom has to deal with some very real issues. Though it's at a rocky place, he does want to save his marriage. And there's his job – he hates it but is this the right time to quit and follow his dream? He has a family to support. In many ways Tom is the everyman. Just trying to get by, provide for his family and trying not to lose himself in the shuffle. Plot and other writing elements aside (though they are both solid), this book is a star because of Tom Violet. You'll find him funny and sweet. And really you'll just feel for the guy. Life is tough and I think that Tom is doing a pretty good job of handling it. And if Tom can do it, so can you! I think most will find Domestic Violets an enjoyable contemporary read and I dare you not to laugh out loud at least once while you're reading it! This review originally posted at Christa's Hooked on Books --
Date published: 2011-09-18

Editorial Reviews

“Norman’s hilarious debut novel is a tale of a man’s middle-age quest to differentiate himself from his father and decide what’s worth changing and what’s worth keeping in his life.”