Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman

Domestic Violets
By Matthew Norman
Harper Perennial, $14.99

        Publisher's Synopsis:
 Tom Violet always thought that by the time he turned thirty-five, he’d have everything going for him. Fame. Fortune. A beautiful wife. A satisfying career as a successful novelist. A happy dog to greet him at the end of the day.
The reality, though, is far different. He’s got a wife, but their problems are bigger than he can even imagine. And he’s written a novel, but the manuscript he’s slaved over for years is currently hidden in his desk drawer while his father, an actual famous writer, just won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His career, such that it is, involves mind-numbing corporate buzzwords, his pretentious archnemesis Gregory, and a hopeless, completely inappropriate crush on his favorite coworker. Oh . . . and his dog, according to the vet, is suffering from acute anxiety.
Tom’s life is crushing his soul, but he’s decided to do something about it. (Really.)Domestic Violets is the brilliant and beguiling story of a man finally taking control of his own happiness—even if it means making a complete idiot of himself along the way.

My thoughts:  

WOW!  Thank you Matthew Norman! I'd give this book the "Jack Lemmon Everyman Award" if one existed.  If this book had been written back in the 60's, someone would be calling Jack Lemmon's agent to play Tom 
Violet in the movie!  I want the office next to Tom's!!  

Tom Violet is stuck in a rut, having a midlife moment when he can't "perform" on command anymore, thinks his life is over as he knows it. And things only gets worse when his random father shows up in the middle of the night causing the family to think they are being robbed. And to make matter worse for Tom the wanna-be author, his Dad has just won the Pulitzer.

Author Matthew Norman has created a fabulous character in Tom Violet. Every character in Domestic Violets is believable and serves a purpose in the story. No wasted characters, no filler characters added to pad the pages and the 
word count. 

Can you tell I really like this book?  I hated for it to end. Norman's writing style is solid and enjoyable!  His characters are easy to like, or at least be drawn and attracted to. Even if you don't like what they are doing, they are engaging! The story flows evenly and smoothly. 

You want to know what happens next. You want to be there to watch the story unfold. 

Buy this one, it's worth the whole $14.99. Heck, it's worth twice that.   

I give this one 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

This e-galley was provided to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review and in no way affected my review.

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