Domestic Violets (2020)

Domestic Violets Matthew Norman Domestic Violets In the tradition of Jonathan Tropper and Tom Perrotta comes Matthew Norman s Domestic Violets a darkly comic family drama about one man s improbable trials of love loss and ambition of attraction i
  • Title: Domestic Violets
  • Author: Matthew Norman
  • ISBN: 9780062065117
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Paperback
Domestic Violets Matthew Norman In the tradition of Jonathan Tropper and Tom Perrotta comes Matthew Norman s Domestic Violets a darkly comic family drama about one man s improbable trials of love, loss, and ambition of attraction, impotence, and infidelity and of mid life malaise, poorly planned revenge, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
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  1. Amelia

    Ugh OK, I am starting to lose my patience for contemporary novels starring this guy handsome, comfortably successful family money, precocious child ren, hot, intelligent wife whom he is bored stifled misunderstood by, ALWAYS , approaching 40, and life is just like, so hard And like, no one gets me And what if I m like, not fulfilled by my hot wife and beautiful family and lovely home BOOHOO, ENDURE MY HANDSOME MIDLIFE ANGST It s just enough out of you, guy Why are you in every novel I pick up th [...]

  2. Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum Don t feel like reading a review Join the club, because I don t really feel too keen about writing picturing one up either Here s the short version for any of you who have better things to do today For the three of you who are still here, let s have a go with what exactly brought the meh factor for me when it came to Domestic Violets Let s start with how I even discovered this book in the first place My friend Melki was reading another Matthew Norman book [...]

  3. Jonathan Ashleigh

    I enjoyed this book and would have given it four stars, had I not hated the ending so much The characters were wonderful, including the dog, but especially the father By the end, I wanted something positive to happen to the main character but I think something bad happened to him, only it was painted in a positive light.

  4. Robert

    Tom Violet is my new literary superhero This man is fan fucking tastic He s a god among the rest of us mere mortals with his smartass attitude, literary pedigree his dad is Curtis Violet, the greatest writer of the modern era, at least according to himself , ability to attract women than ten years his junior, obsession with great exit lines, and he s capable of one liners than a basket full of fortune cookies His dad may have a bit of a drinking problem, but he s a Pulitzer prize winning autho [...]

  5. Ti

    The Short of It Domesticity gone wild The Rest of It Tom Violet is your typical office dweller Unsatisfied with his job, he takes great pleasure in deconstructing the ridiculousness around him But times are tough and the economy has tanked and with a wife and daughter to support, he s glad to have a job His real dream though is to be a writer In fact he has written a secret novel, but with his own father just winning the Pulitzer, he s hesitant to share his work Struggling to get through the day [...]

  6. Elizabeth

    This had its moments I love it when a book makes me laugh The parts about the corporate workplace were the best There are times when I ask my husband to tell me the latest corporate bullshit jargon and it never disappoints buy in, core values, drinking the Kool Aid, move the needle, we ll park that, scalable, burning platform See How can people say these things with a straight face That shit is entertaining Like this book This is a perfectly delightful story about an aspiring writer on the brink [...]

  7. Jessica

    Dear Matthew Norman, You ve written a fantastic, entertaining book about a great character The picture of you on the back is very attractive and I ve had a great track record with men from Omaha Why don t you forget your wife and kids and come here to Philadelphia and be mine I m single and old enough that I m not really a twentysomething harlot Also I have big boobs Love, JessicaUgh, this book is practically perfect It s everything I wanted This is Where I Leave You to be funny without being wa [...]

  8. Sara Strand

    Without going into the personal trials of my own marriage, I will tell you that this is such a close description of it that it s almost kind of alarming And I say alarming because to read it from an outsider perspective it makes living it to be a little harsher So let me talk about all of the things I really loved about this book in the hopes to sway you to read it Because I really believe this book highlights the typical marriage so well but what makes this book different is that it shows that [...]

  9. Lisa

    I love Tom Violet I love his personality, his love of family and his ability to use sarcasm to his advantage, mainly towards people he doesn t care for Not since Jess Riley s DRIVING SIDEWAYS have I enjoyed such snarkiness Granted, he uses the snarkiness to make up for his lack of confidence, but he does it in a way that makes you root for him Well, it was that way for me, anyway I enjoyed all of the characters in this book, even the less than significant ones because they were easy to believe a [...]

  10. -r-

    It seems like every book I ve been reading by male authors lately should just be called PENIS PENIS PENIS.The first 1 4 to 1 3 was just a terrible ode to penises, but I m glad I kept reading I really liked the last half of the book.

  11. Diane

    One of life s greatest pleasures is reading a debut novel and absolutely loving it It s thrilling to discover a new talent and be able to proclaim to everyone you know You MUST read this book by this new author It s fantastic A lot of people have been talking about Matthew Norman s debut novel, Domestic Violets, and since they were people whose judgement I trust, I was hopeful I opened the book and read the novel in two sittings It lives up to the hype, a delightful surprise for me.Tom Violet wo [...]

  12. Jill

    Somewhere between the hilarious and light hearted moments and there are many in this marvelous debut by Matthew Norman it dawned on me there s something downright tender and redemptive about this book.Domestic Violets brings to mind other enjoyable authors Jonathan Tropper, Steve Hely How I Became A Famous Novelist and Joshua Ferris And Then We Came to An End The author might cringe at these comparisons, since one of the key themes is finding one s own voice So let me reassure although there are [...]

  13. Lucy

    I actually think it s perfectly fair that Jennifer Weiner doesn t get her books reviewed in the New York Times What isn t fair is that books like this about men having a mid life crisis and wanting to sleep with their hot young coworker but it s okay because their wife is doing the same don t all get stuck in a dick lit ghetto with interchangeable covers emblazoned with cars and dogs and glasses of bourbon This cover wouldn t make a bad template, actually.

  14. Dani Peloquin

    When I finished this book, I realized that I had been waiting for it for over five years without even knowing Norman is able to create the perfect recipe that includes laughs, tears, heartache, and forgiveness I rarely say this, but this novel has it all Therefore, I recommend it to all.Tom is tired of his work as a copywriter and can see his marriage slipping away from him but he is helpless to do anything When his father wins the Pulitzer Prize, Tom s problems grow exponentially Curtis Violet [...]

  15. Aimee

    Tom Violet is a 35 year old man married with one child who has a job he feels is crushing his soul He also has a famous father whose marital troubles are a constant hassle and a novel that he has just finished that he wants to get published On top of all of this he is experiencing marital problems of his own He is afraid his wife is having an affair and he is attracted to his young assistant This is the story of Tom trying to get through all of the difficulties he is facing and finally doing som [...]

  16. Yvann S

    When Lyle is gone and I ve hung up the phone, I m faced with the grim prospect of having do my job and write some corporate propaganda Tom Violet, 35, married to the beautiful and compassionate Anna and father of the adorable Allie, is a copywriter who is singularly uninspired by his job To make matters worse, his adulterous, pot smoking father has just won the Pulitzer Prize So Tom s debut novel, slaved over in secret for years, looks like a non starter Oh, and he s struggling in bed, too.This [...]

  17. Michelle Sallay

    Originally on my blog ilovedthisbookThere is a scene in Sex And The City when Carrie meets Burger and finds out he is an author who relates to men the way her writing relates to women And then Burger makes some comment how men don t want to read books like that Do you know that scene Every time I watch it I wish that weren t true, that there were books by men that were light funny books about what it was like to be a guy So discovering Domestic Violets, a chance to get in the head of a sarcasti [...]

  18. Karin Muller

    I must admit, I was a bit reluctant to read this book It definitely wasn t the first on my list to review and the way it was described, I got the notion it was a man s book Boy was I wrong From the first chapter Matthew Norman had me laughing Laughing loud enough for fellow travelers to give me annoying looks And yes, at some point I even found myself crying Basically the story is a very domestic one Tom Violet is, well, kind of a normal guy, living the average life Wife, kid, a job he hates and [...]

  19. Nadia

    I heart Tom Violet He is my first bookish crush He s smart, creative, funny, and flawed just the type of guy you want to marry and have babies with yes, I still want to marry him in spite of that night with Katie Tom is such a realistically drawn out character he s struggling with his marriage battling his arch nemesis, Gregory, at work crushing on his assistant Katie and dealing with the fact that his father, the famous Curtis Violet, has just won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction You see, Tom wan [...]

  20. Mary (BookHounds)

    Tom Violet is having a bad day, well, actually a bad life His sex life is down the drain, his famous father just won the Pulitzer Prize for a book he wrote years ago, he has a dead end job and HIS book will never be published When his father shows up in his home actually his father owns the house Tom lives in states he just left his wife and proceeds to get drunk, Tom really thinks it can t get any worse Then his mother s husband, Gary shows up as well If all this sounds depressing, it really is [...]

  21. Sarah Brown

    I have so many thoughts about this book that I hardly know where to start I thought maybe I should give it a day or two to let my thoughts settle, but then I was like no, I don t think I want to keep thinking about this book that hard And that makes it sound like I didn t like it, and that s not really right But usually I start these reviews with a star rating, and this one, I just can t I ll decide at the end.So, starting at the beginning, I picked this book because I felt like I had been readi [...]

  22. Sharon

    What a great, fun ride Authors like Chuck Palahniuk and Kashuo Ishiguro have done wonders for the unreliable narrator Matthew Norman does an awesome often hilarious job of bringing the reliable narrator to life in the glorious form of wiseass copywriter Tom Violet One who has a sarcastic answer for everything, yet couldn t be honest or relatable when it comes to his own inadequacies You root for Tom because Tom is every man d by every man I mean a thirty something who is at a crossroads in his [...]

  23. Sarah Robarge

    I was very puzzled when I got to the end of the book why I didn t like it The storytelling was decent and had some original characters The first few chapters were funny, unfortunately the last 2 3 of the book not as much It was definitely a page turner So why when I got to the end of the book did I find it troubling I was very perplexed The day after I finished, I realized that I don t know that if have ever read a misogynistic book In my opinion, Matthew Norman must have very objectified view [...]

  24. Matthew

    Domestic Violets is a great suprise funny, tender and poignant and with than a few plot twists, a terrific debut from Matthew Norman.Tom Violet is disgruntled, with his job, his sex life and his dysfunctional family If it s not a problem in the bedroom, it s with his co workers and boss Violet is a copywriter for MSW, a consulting organization that is never clearly defined, largely because no one seems to actually know what they do Additionally, his father who left when Tom was young is Curtis [...]

  25. Moira

    I must confess the reason I didn t like this book is not so much due to a failing on the part of the author, but due to a failing on my own part, a failure of compassion I am no longer able to summon up sympathy for the plight of the wealthy middle aged healthy white American man who finds himself inconveniently bored, not only by his inherent privilege and lack of struggle, but also by his lovely, faithful wife who has dared to age at the same rate as our protagonist and thus shouldn t be surpr [...]

  26. Danielle Plafsky

    I really loved this book Finished it in about 2 days I just moved, and I m commuting by train for the first time in a about a year, and reading this made the new commute actually pleasant It s funny, poignant, heartfelt, uplifting I m a sucker for books about people writing books which is part of why I liked this so much Tom Violet is hysterical and sometimes so absurd but really likable I like Matthew s writing style a lot, and reading his QA and essay in the p.s section in the back was an adde [...]

  27. Tasha

    A really fun and funny read I found myself laughing out loud at times and looking forward to reading it whenever I got the chance I think it s probably hard to pull off a funny book I don t normally read humor but I think Matthew Norman was totally able to pull it off If you want a fun, quick read, this is the one.

  28. Lesley

    I can see how you have to enjoy a certain type of sense of humor to really get this book For me I found it to be witty and fun book to read Hope others can see the laugh out loud moments of work hell and oh my god the dog, let alone just life Easy read for me

  29. Carrie

    Quotes My phone rings, and I cringe Ringing phones often lead directly to one having to do work, and I m in no mood for that today 24 I ve found that knowledge is usually a burden I prefer to be surprised and then eventually horrified 30 In one of his novels, my dad compares a beautiful girl to a wrecking ball a force that destroys everything in its path Like most famous, white, male authors of the last hundred years or so, he s sometimes criticized for being misogynistic, but you can t argue wi [...]

  30. Florinda

    One of the characters in Domestic Violets remarks that most first novels are autobiographical Whether or not they re autobiographical, it seems to me that a lot of first novels tend to be reminiscent of other people s novels That s not meant to say that they can be derivative it s likely due to the fact that a new author doesn t have an established record yet, so he or she really can t be easily evaluated against his own catalog This can work either for or against them, depending on the connect [...]

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