Book Review: Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman

Domestic Violets
Author: Matthew Norman
Reading Level: Adult
Pages: 352 Paperback
Published: August 9th 2011
Review Source: Harper Perennial
Available: Amazon

Summary: (from goodreads) 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.

I Haven’t read a book like this from a man’s point of view before, but I have to admit that I really enjoyed it. The first chapter had me cracking up with Tom’s little dilemma. LOL (If you read it, you know what I’m talking about.)

Tom Violet is your average 30 something guy. Married, kids, and working at a job he hates. His father, Curtis, is a famous writer and is about to receive The Pulitzer prize. Tom just finished his first novel, which he has been working on for five years. Unsure whether to tell his father and follow his heart, Tom decides to give a shot. Tom’s father has also ended his marriage to his now wife and has decided to come live with his son. But now Tom has another problem, his hot “stepmother” is now stalking him. Crazy lady that she is, she had me laughing every time. Buts it’s not all roses in Tom’s marriage either. Tom suspects that his wife is cheating on him and does some really stupid stuff.
Domestic Violets is a real life book that deals with real life issues. The characters are hilarious which made me laugh and cry. This was a fantastic book and I recommend you read it.



  1. This was definitely a realistic look at marriage and hard to read at times but all the laughs helped make it all go down a little easier.

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