In his debut novel, Domestic Violets, Matthew Norman gives readers a darkly comic family drama about love, loss, and ambition that will leave them laughing and grimacing with every page.
Tom Violet is simply too busy for a full-fledged downward spiral. His now-homeless dad has decided to move in for an undisclosed amount of time. His doctor is trying to convince him that his erectile dysfunction is all in his head. His dog suffers from acute anxiety. His stepfather is in desperate need of marital advice. His boozy stepmother might be stalking him. And, of course, he’s slowly beginning to suspect that his wife may be having an affair with a guy from her gym. So when he orchestrates a truly stupid revenge stunt at work and gets fired, he’s not too surprised.
With hints of subtle satire, Norman tells the story of Tom, an unfortunate everyman fighting against the never-ending barrage of disappointments coming at him from every direction.
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