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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 McLare Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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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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About the Author

Matthew Norman is an advertising copywriter. His first novel, Domestic Violets, was nominated in the Best Humor category at the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards. He lives with his wife and daughter in Baltimore.