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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,882 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew Norman Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “All this misery makes for good comedy.”

    Washington Post

  • “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

  • “The laughs keep coming. Norman controls his complicated story and handles its chaos and plot twists with a steady, funny hand…Thoroughly entertaining.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Darkly comic…The supporting characters are remarkably well-drawn for being in such a snappy novel, and anyone who’s ever hidden a half-written novel in a desk drawer will relate to Tom’s prepublication anxieties…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.”


  • “A fast, fun, hilarious read.”

    Jessica Anya Blau, author of Drinking Closer to Home

  • “A wonderfully readable riotous story.”

    Susan Richards Shreve, author of A Student of Living Things

  • Selected for the August 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andrew | 2/14/2014

    " Something about this sort of book does it for me. Though the title and cover design made me fear it wasn't geared towards me, it definitely was. Mildly profane, overly neurotic, just-barely-not timely. Like a dose of slightly crappier Franzen. Erp, hope that comes across right. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Glory | 2/14/2014

    " Thank you, Good Reads Giveaways. I didn't win ths book, but I heard about it from the Giveaways and put it on my To Read list. Glad I did, it was just great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nichole | 2/4/2014

    " Was a really good light read at first, and then the last 100 pages came along. Felt like the book was continually wrapping up and throwing in random plot points until the story finally ended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Llbauer | 1/1/2014

    " I really really liked this book. I loved the sense of humor of Tom and the realization of how much he is like his father throughout the novel. I felt like I could identify with many of his struggles about marriage, parents, children, etc. I will definitely be searching for more by this author. "

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