Monday, June 27, 2011
Tom Violet is working in a job that he hates, for a company that he isn't even sure what exactly it is that they do. Although he really considers himself to be a writer, having worked on his novel for the past five years, he lives in the shadow of his very successful father, author Curtis Violet. To add to Tom's angst, he has a serious performance problem in the bedroom, despite being happily married to Anna.
While Tom is sidestepping Anna's advances one evening, their young daughter Allie knocks on the bedroom door to let them know there's a burglar in the house. Tiptoeing downstairs, Tom finds his father, who been locked out of his home by his current wife. When Curtis announces that he has just beaten out his arch rival and is going to receive the coveted Pulitzer Prize for fiction, it's just the beginning of the end of Tom's life as he knows it.
To add to the dysfunction, Tom's mother and stepfather are on the outs, Tom hates his immediate boss and he spends way too much time fantasizing about his sexy young coworker.
Mr. Norman has created a wonderful and poignant story from the total chaos of his characters' lives. Amazingly funny, intelligent, insightful and offbeat, I found myself laughing out loud and reading entire pages to my husband while reading this thoroughly enjoyable book.
What more can I say!? You need to buy this one!
To be released August 2011
Paperback and eBook