I am excited to announce the September online book club pick: Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman. I have heard nothing but great things about this book. From Amazon:
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.
Swapna from S. Krishna’s Books says that Domestic Violets “blew me away. It was so witty, so heartfelt, and so achingly honest that I couldn’t help but love it from beginning to end.” Julie from Booking Mama said, “I didn’t just read this book, I devoured it. I honestly couldn’t put it down, and I was resentful of any event that got in the way of my reading.”
I’m really excited about this one. Thanks to HarperPerennial, I have room for 20 people to read it along with me. If you’re interested, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following (in this format):
We’ll pick a date in late September or early October for a discussion here on EDIWTB.