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Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman
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Aug 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, 2011
Read in August, 2011

Domestic Violets is a great suprise - funny, tender and poignant and with more than a few plot twists, a terrific debut from Matthew Norman.

Tom Violet is disgruntled, with his job, his sex life and his dysfunctional family. If it's not a problem in the bedroom, it's with his co-workers and boss (Violet is a copywriter for MSW, a consulting organization that is never clearly defined, largely because no one seems to actually know what they do). Additionally, his father - who left when Tom was young - is Curtis Violet, a world famous author that even casual readers know and adore. His mother has remarried, and her husband Gary suddenly shows up at Tom's house, with his mother nowhere to be found.

Everyone is keeping secrets.

I raced through Domestic Violets, a novel that evokes authors like Jonathan Tropper and Tom Perotta, which is high praise. This is an intelligent, aware novel, with a bit of meta commentary about the writing process thrown in for good measure. I highly recommend this and look forward to Norman's next novel.
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