Book Tour, Review & Giveaway: Domestic Violets

Domestic Violets

Domestic Violets
By Matthew Norman
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780062065117, August 2011, 352pp.)

The Short of It:

Domesticity gone wild!

The Rest of It:

Tom Violet is your typical office dweller. Unsatisfied with his job, he takes great pleasure in deconstructing the ridiculousness around him. But times are tough and the economy has tanked and with a wife and daughter to support, he’s glad to have a job. His real dream though is to be a writer. In fact he has written a secret novel, but with his own father just winning the Pulitzer, he’s hesitant to share his work. Struggling to get through the day-to-day, he finds himself attracted to a co-worker which further complicates things.

Domestic Violets is a jewel of a book. It’s funny, well written and honest. The characters are wonderfully developed and genuine.  What I liked most about this book is that the development of the characters seemed effortless. Sometimes, when a book is humorous, even when discussing serious topics, the characters can be a bit “in your face” and obvious and that was not the case here. In each character, there existed a vulnerability; a sweet dose of self-doubt that made these characters very likable.

Although there was one moment were I questioned the self-deprecating humor, in the end I found myself loving Tom Violet. He may be the guy who throws paper airplanes your way when the board meeting goes stale, but he’s a good guy. The kind of guy you want as a husband or a father. I thoroughly enjoyed following him around for 350+ pages and was a little sad when I finished reading it.

In summary, Domestic Violets is a book that will appeal to many readers, young, old, employed or not!

If any of this sounds appealing to you,  enter to win your own copy ! Details below.

Matthew Norman

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This giveaway is for one copy of Domestic Violets and is open to the US and Canada. A winner will be chosen randomly by me. The book will come directly from me. Only one entry per person.  Giveaway closes on August 26, 2011 (pacific). I will contact the winner for his/her mailing address.

This giveaway is now closed!

21 thoughts on “Book Tour, Review & Giveaway: Domestic Violets”

  1. I am so glad you liked this one, and I really loved your summary paragraph. I agree that Tom is a really winning character, and his humor varied from off the wall to subtle, which I very much enjoyed. Fantastic review!

  2. It sounds alot like The Financial Lives of Poets! While I’m a little tired of reading about women have life crises, I’m still having fun with the guy’s point of view.

  3. I don’t know why but for some reason this is reminding me of SOMETHING MISSING by Matthew Dicks. I don’t know if they stories are the same in any way but the way people describe DOMESTIC VIOLETS reminds me of Dicks’ book. I’ll have to check this one out to see if they really are similar or not.

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one! Thanks for being a part of the tour Ti.

  4. Thanks for the giveaway — I’m adding this to the TBR based on all the great reviews, including yours. I had sort of rolled my eyes at the premise since I’ve little patience for woe-is-me white guys but this book sounds more charming than that!

    unabridgedchick at

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