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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: August 2011 ISBN: 9780062111791
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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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 12/29/2013

    " This was such a great, quick read. It progresses nicely and kept me laughing. I recommend this to anyone who is looking for an entertaining weekend read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donkey21 | 12/27/2013

    " I thought this was going to be a book lacking in surprises, but I was wrong. Norman composed a pretty original narrative, but I felt like the ending was kind of a letdown. I did really enjoy it and he did a great job of developing even the secondary characters. Will definitely read his next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 11/6/2013

    " More of a 3 1/2. A good book, well written. Funnier at the start than the latter half of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Raquelle | 10/26/2013

    " Not as good as I thought it was going to be. Funny, but infantile. Why do male writers always think of themselves as desirable? Overall, a fair, light read (on the tails of some long books, this was a nice break). Didn't rock my world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dionne Glover | 10/24/2013

    " I was laughing out loud at work (reading undercover) at his HR letters and the banter with Greg. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 3/31/2013

    " Reminds me of Jess Walter's Financial Lives of Poets. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 1/24/2013

    " It was a quick, easy read - fun but not much that will stick with me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandi | 7/2/2012

    " Flew through this! Really liked it! Thanks, Leslie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica | 5/2/2012

    " Great book. loved TomViolet and his sense of humor. Lots of issues in this book that most people could relate to. Even teared up as I read the end. I would love to see what Matthew Norman writes next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 4/24/2012

    " Really fun book to read. Reminded me of a Jonathan Tropper book--funny, poignant and full of family dysfunction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karli | 4/19/2012

    " I enjoyed this book A LOT - the characters were very well done, the story fast and compelling, and the humor at times laugh out loud funny. I agree with the comparisons drawn to Jonathan Tropper, but Matthew Norman has his own voice. I look forward to more of his work! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly Cook | 4/14/2012

    " Wonderful. Funny. Touching. All the things a great book should be. Read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kira | 3/23/2012

    " I can't decide on 3 or 4 stars, I need to process for a bit longer. I will say this, it kept me reading I didn't want to put it down it's been awhile since a book has done that for me. However I'm not in love with parts of the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tajma | 11/4/2011

    " I wanted to like this as a lighthearted little read to get me through a week of pneumonia. There were only two characters who didn't make me want to vomit, the old man writer and the little daughter. It was decent enough that I didn't toss it into a corner but that's the best I can say about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 10/13/2011

    " It played like a movie in my head. Is that good or bad? Anyway, I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 10/5/2011

    " Satiric, over the top view of corporate life coupled with jealousy of his father's successes makes this a funny yet poignant story. Reminded me of the style of JonathaN Tropper "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 librarianka | 9/27/2011

    " This is an entertaining chick lit with some depth in it. I enjoyed this book about relationships written from a male point of view. Fun read. I am reading it again for my book club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 9/19/2011

    " It was a good read, I liked it, but was edgy to get on to another book, that I wanted to stop reading it, but I continued on, it was good, made me cry in the end, seems to happen more and more. "

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About the Author

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

About the Narrator

Todd McLaren was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice acting, where he has been heard on more than five thousand television and radio commercials, as well as television promos; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E, Discovery, and the History Channel; and films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?