Title: Domestic Violets
Author: Matthew Norman
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Tom Violet has Office Space-esque feelings toward his increasingly pointless-seeming job. His wife is distant. His dad has just been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, overshadowing Tom’s newly-finished (and very secret) manuscript. Oh, and Tom has a pretty significant crush on a coworker. Just as Tom’s life threatens to unravel completely, he decides to take action.
I am not going to be able to adequately explain why I loved this book (in part because I once again waited too long to write this). It was funny, insightful, and moving. I enjoyed spending time in Tom Violet’s life, even if he didn’t.
As Tom’s life is not living up to his expectations, he retains his sense of humor. And does so without too much cynicism (just enough really). He remains likeable and you never stop cheering for him. Even as you watch him head down potentially life-damaging roads.
And the cast of characters around him are wonderfully nuanced and developed, from his award-winning-yet-flawed father to the smart and sexy young coworker to his increasingly-unhappy wife. And they develop. All of them. The characters move forward with the plot.
Norman is clearly a gifted writer. I think this is a book that will appeal to everyone, men and women, and I hope you all check out his debut.