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We're All Damaged by [Norman, Matthew]
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From the Editor

What’s more humiliating than watching a marriage dissolve in the middle of dinner at a cheesy chain restaurant? In We’re All Damaged, our lovable hero, Andy, is devouring his sizzling chicken dish when he’s blindsided by his wife’s announcement: “I don’t want this anymore.” And she’s not referring to the food. That’s just the first scene of this compulsively readable and heartrending novel.

In that moment I found myself instantly rooting for Andy, who narrates the story with brutal honesty and keen observation. I commiserated with him as he returns to his hometown to care for his dying grandfather and deal with his parents’ troubled marriage. In the process Andy meets a mysterious woman named Daisy who seems to know a lot about him, and he’s forced to witness his ex-wife’s brand-new life. In the wake of his painful divorce, Andy now faces the new challenge of holding his family together.

Matthew Norman’s novel reminded me that even when everything seems to be going wrong, we can find moments of joy and beauty with the most unexpected people. It’s a reassuring lesson that runs through We’re All Damaged and makes for a frank and joyful read.

- Carmen Johnson, Editor

Editorial Reviews


“In We're All Damaged, Matthew Norman has crafted a fast-paced, funny, and touching story. Comparisons to Tropper and Hornby will be made, and deservedly so, but Norman's voice and characters are fresh and all his own. A winning novel that is sure to make you laugh, cry and nod in recognition as all the best books do.” —Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of Hidden and Smoke

We’re All Damaged is explosively funny and fast-moving; a wild whacked-out romp that travels from New York to Omaha and back again. In the end, though, Matthew Norman has written a sweet story about family and love and how they sustain us.” —Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Trouble With Lexie

“In We’re All Damaged, Matthew Norman takes humor and heartache, pathos and pop culture, love and loss, family and friends, Cubs and Cornhuskers, marriage equality and male blow-up sex dolls; blends them into a sublime literary margarita; and serves it on the rocks with salt. There’s just so much to savor here, it’s impossible not to enjoy.” —Greg Olear, author of Fathermucker and Totally Killer

“A smart, funny, and surprisingly emotional tale about letting go and moving on.” Kirkus Reviews

“Matthew Norman’s whip-smart, hilarious dialogue will dazzle you, even as his characters crack your heart with their humanity and their in-spite-of-everything love for one another. I laughed, I cried (sometimes simultaneously), and, with every page, I wished like mad I’d written this book.” —Marisa de los Santos, Author of The Precious One and Belong to Me

We’re All Damaged is a brilliantly textured anthem for anyone who’s ever nursed a broken heart." —Allie Larkin, author of Why Can’t I Be You

"In Matt Norman’s We’re All Damaged, just about everything that could happen to a guy happens---a divorce, a new city, a dying grandfather, a mother who's angling for a commentator gig on Fox News. And somehow I was laughing every page. But the tenderness with which he writes his characters and their worst moments is what really lingers long after you've finished reading. I've always thought we needed a Nick Hornby on this side of the pond, and I finally think we've found him." —Jen Michalski, The Summer She Was Under Water and The Tide King

Praise for Domestic Violets:

“All this misery makes for good comedy charmingly drawn.” Washington Post

“Norman’s debut novel is funny and incisive, and hard on sacred cows.” —Shelf Awareness

“Norman controls his complicated story and handles its chaos and plot twists with a steady, funny hand...This is a thoroughly entertaining, light, but thoughtful read.” Publishers Weekly

“Reminiscent of Richard Russo’s earlier work, Norman’s refreshingly witty style is perfectly suited to articulating the trials of a middle-aged cynic. Wonderfully fast-paced, hilariously genuine, difficult to put down, Domestic Violets is an ideal first novel.” Booklist

“Timing, so important in comedy, is also exacting in Mr. Norman’s expert hands...Domestic Violets leaves the reader satisfied by the intriguing plot written in a comic spirit; it also endears the author and hero to the reader for maximum poignancy.” New York Journal of Books

“Norman’s hilarious debut novel is a tale of a man’s middle-age quest to differentiate himself from his father and decide what’s worth changing and what’s worth keeping in his life.” Washington Independent Review of Books

Domestic Violets is a fast, fun, hilarious read.” —Jessica Anya Blau, critically acclaimed author of The Summer of Naked Swim Parties and Drinking Closer to Home

Domestic Violets is a wonderfully readable, riotous story...told with humor and surprising intimacy.” —Susan Richards Shreve, author of A Student of Living Things

“Matthew Norman has written a dastardly fun satire of contemporary domestic life [with] surprising twists on all the old conventions and a fresh perspective on a literary foundation that hearkens back to Philip Roth, John Updike, and John Cheever. An astoundingly good read!” —Joshua Gaylord, author of Hummingbirds

About the Author

Matthew Norman lives in Baltimore with his wife and their two daughters. His writing has appeared on Salon, the Good Men Project, and the Weeklings. His first novel, Domestic Violets, was nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award in Best Humor. Visit his blog at, or follow him on Twitter @TheNormanNation.

Product details

  • File Size: 1885 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Little A (June 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019XX9I3O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,227 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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