By Matthew Norman
Tom Violet continuously notion that by the point he became thirty-five, he’d have every little thing going for him. reputation. Fortune. a stunning spouse. a lovely occupation as a winning novelist. a contented puppy to greet him on the finish of the day. the truth, even though, is much diversified. He’s received a spouse, yet their difficulties are larger than he may also think. And he’s written a singular, however the manuscript he’s slaved over for years is at the moment hidden in his table drawer whereas his father, a precise well-known author, simply gained the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His profession, such that it really is, contains mind-numbing company buzzwords, his pretentious archnemesis Gregory, and a hopeless, thoroughly irrelevant overwhelm on his favourite coworker. Oh . . . and his puppy, in accordance with the vet, is struggling with acute nervousness. Tom’s existence is crushing his soul, yet he’s determined to cope with it. (Really.) household Violets is the intense and beguiling tale of a guy eventually taking keep an eye on of his personal happiness—even if it potential creating a whole fool of himself alongside the best way.
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Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman