Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner

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Heather, The Totality balances a fine line, and in the end is a novel less read than experienced, and an experience not soon to be forgotten.
-Toronto Star

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A LibraryReads' November Selection
Named a must-read book for fall by Huffington Post, USA Today, Oprah.com, and the NY Post, and a "Favorite Book So Far" by Popsugar.
The explosive debut novel - about family, power and privilege - from the creator of the award-winning Mad Men.

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 Matthew Weiner

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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.
 
Published November 7, 2017 by Little, Brown and Company. 145 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Heather, the Totality
All: 7 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Good
on Jul 17 2017

The creator of Mad Men makes his fiction debut with a noirish novella designed to be read in one hair-raising session.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Robert Allen Papinchak on Nov 13 2017

Heather, The Totality, is perhaps best binge-read in its totality in one sitting. Weiner’s choice of short paragraphs makes for a heart-stopping afternoon or evening read.

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Star Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Jackie Thomas Kennedy on Nov 03 2017

In the early pages of this fragmented work, readers might assume Weiner’s project will be the mirthful undoing of Mark and Karen Breakstone, who are as insecure as they are spoiled. With the introduction of Robert “Bobby” Klasky, Weiner strips the story of its luxurious gloss.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by James Lasdun on Nov 14 2017

The effect is to give the events a muffled, offstage quality; the last thing you’d expect from a world-class dramatist.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by John Banville on Nov 09 2017

Heather, the Totality is horribly coercive; it is also an oblique diagnosis of the sickness at the heart of contemporary America, a nation bloated on liberal middle-class complacency and seething with the rage and paranoia of its neglected ones.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by William Skidelsky on Oct 31 2017

...Weiner himself seems unsure at times whether Bobby is a real character or more of a figurative projection of Mark and Karen’s marital woes. Yet overall, this novel captivates, despite the grimness of its preoccupations.

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Toronto Star

Good
Reviewed by Robert Wiersema on Nov 03 2017

Heather, The Totality balances a fine line, and in the end is a novel less read than experienced, and an experience not soon to be forgotten.

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