Finding Happiness – A Review of Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman
Have you ever stood in front of a mirror and looked at yourself naked? Did you like what you saw? In Matthew Norman’s Domestic Violets, the audio book starts with Tom Violet dissecting every aspect of his life, how he has a beautiful wife, a career, and a great family. But his inability to “perform” on command gets in the way, and he quickly wonders why. He stands in front of a mirror and reflects on everything imaginable.
It’s through this reflection that a portrait of his life is made, and the reader is quickly thrown into Tom Violet’s world. At times I felt as though I knew this character in person and not as a character in a story. The realistic events that occur sound all too familiar and sometimes made me feel uncomfortable, like I was spying in on someone’s very private life. Nonetheless, it was the realism the author presented that made this audio book such an enjoyable story.
As the story unfolds, you realize why Tom Violet seems to be stuck in a rut, and to make matters worse the wanna-be author, has to deal with a father who has just won the Pulitzer Prize. Talk about living up to your parents’ expectations.
The narrator, Todd McLaren, does a wonderful job exposing all the characters in Tom’s life. His use of tone and vocal expressions helped give even more depth to the character of Tom Violet. Although the story at hand was superb, the narration helped move the story beautifully along.
Full of sarcastic wit, you’ll feel a bond with Tom Violet that you won’t soon forget. I’m glad I listened to this audio book; it’s one you shouldn’t pass up!