Heather, the Totality (Hardcover)

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Bookseller: Will
Title: Heather, the Totality

One look at the back cover, and you realize Matthew Weiner has some pretty heavy hitters going to bat for his debut novel. Most people are familiar with Weiner through his work in television, specifically Mad Men, which he created and wrote for. The story here is one we're familiar with... the crumbling façade of the perfect Upper East Side family, BUT Weiner's plot takes the form of a thriller. It's a quick read that I found myself holding my breath for the greater part of. Similar to Mad Men, Weiner's writing thrives through exposition. There's nothing superfluous here, and this succinct style only heightens one's anxiety. Highly recommended for a quick, fun Sunday read by the fire.

— From Will

November 2017 Indie Next List

“In a landscape of despair, stuck in the logjam of the dull round of work, marriage, and raising a child, other emotions can command so much attention. This beautifully structured, spare study is Chekhovian, noirish, and quietly fraught. The minimal writing style is beautiful, and the tension is so carefully modulated that the aesthetic of rising unease is oddly comforting. But there is dread in the inevitable climax, and a thriller's tautness to the possible resolutions that steadily arise. A reader's delight - well-managed prose, excellent plotting, psychological suspense, and insightful character-building make this perfect for a winter night's reading.”
— John Evans (M), DIESEL, A Bookstore, Oakland, CA


The explosive debut novel - about family, power and privilege - from the creator of the award-winning Mad Men.
Named a Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year

Mark and Karen Breakstone have constructed the idyllic life of wealth and status they always wanted, made complete by their beautiful and extraordinary daughter Heather. But they are still not quite at the top. When the new owners of the penthouse above them begin construction, an unstable stranger penetrates the security of their comfortable lives and threatens to destroy everything they've created.

About the Author

Acclaimed storyteller Matthew Weiner has been entertaining audiences for two decades, most recently as writer, creator, executive producer, and director of Mad Men, one of television's most honored series. He also worked as a writer and executive producer on The Sopranos, along with several comedy series, and made his feature film debut in 2014. Weiner studied at Wesleyan University and earned his MFA from the University of Southern California.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780316435314
ISBN-10: 0316435317
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: November 7th, 2017
Pages: 144
Language: English