Domestic Violets: A Novel (Paperback)

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Violet’s life is not following the script, it is way off the storyline of his
dreams.  He is having problems in the boudoir, his dog is suffering from
severe anxiety, and his famous father has just arrived for an indefinite
stay.  Tom has trouble stepping out of the shadow of his Pulitzer Prize
winning Dad.  If you are in the mood for a comic look at fathers, sons,
husbands, wives and the crazy ways we can shape our lives, this is just the

— Deon Stonehouse


“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.

About the Author

Matthew Norman is an advertising copywriter. He lives with his wife and daughter in Baltimore. Domestic Violets is his first novel.

Praise For…

“Norman controls his complicated story and handles its chaos and plot twists with a steady, funny hand.... this is a thoroughly entertaining, light but thoughtful read.”
Publishers Weekly

“Domestic Violets is a fast, fun, hilarious read.”
— Jessica Anya Blau, critically-acclaimed author of The Summer of Naked Swim Parties and Drinking Closer to Home

“Domestic Violets is a wonderfully readable, riotous story... told with humor and surprising intimacy. ”
— Susan Richards Shreve, author of A Student of Living Things

“Reminiscent of Richard Russo’s earlier work, Norman’s refreshingly witty style is perfectly suited to articulating the trials of a middle-aged cynic. Wonderfully fast-paced, hilariously genuine, difficult to put down, Domestic Violets is an ideal first novel.”

“Matthew Norman has written a dastardly fun satire of contemporary domestic life [with} surprising twists on all the old conventions and a fresh perspective on a literary foundation that hearkens back to Philip Roth, John Updike and John Cheever. An astoundingly good read!”
— Joshua Gaylord, author of Hummingbirds

“Norman’s debut novel is funny and incisive, and hard on sacred cows.”
— Shelf Awareness

“so real, so funny”
— Susan K. Perry, Ph.D. at Psychology Today

“Timing, so important in comedy, is also exacting in Mr. Norman’s expert hands...Domestic Violets leaves the reader satisfied by the intriguing plot written in a comic spirit; it also endears the author and hero to the reader for maximum poignancy.”
— New York Journal of Books

“All this misery makes for good comedy … charmingly drawn …”
— Washington Post on DOMESTIC VIOLETS

“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.”
— Washington Independent Review of Books on DOMESTIC VIOLETS
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062065117
ISBN-10: 0062065114
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: August 9th, 2011
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: P.S.