Tom Violet has written a novel. It lies buried in a drawer because he fears it can only pale in comparison to the writing of his dad, Curtis, who has just won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.. Curtis is a notorious womanizer and being currently in between wives has taken up residence, once again, with Tom and his wife, Anna. Tom and Anna have their own set of problems, Tom hates his daily existence in the corporate world. He hates the use of buzzwords, his petty, nagging boss and his meaningless duties as a copywriter for this Washington DC firm. The only things that makes his daily grind bearable are the little workplace pranks he plays on his boss and his “crush” on his young co-worker intern, Katie. His wife, Anna, may or may not be about to have an affair with a wealthy banker who flirts with her at the gym.
Matthew Norman has not only created a clever title for this humorous look at one segment of today’s “modern family”, he has molded characters who feel utterly real throughout this book. I totally enjoyed going to work with Tom each day. The decisions he makes in an attempt to bring his life to some sort of balance may not be the same ones we might make but we can certainly applaud his efforts.
Domestic Violets is one of those books that may not tackle the big problems facing all of us but it does give us a comical and sometimes heart-breaking peek into the world of those around us. I enjoyed this book and gave it four **** stars.