Heather, the Totality

Heather, the Totality

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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.

Baker & Taylor
Presents the story of a collision course between a dangerous young man and a privileged couple who compete for their daughter's attention.

& Taylor

A debut novel by the Emmy Award-winning creator and writer of Mad Men presents the story of a collision course between a dangerous young man and a privileged couple who compete for their daughter's attention. 150,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, c2017
ISBN: 9780316435314
Branch Call Number: FIC WEI
Characteristics: 138 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jan 09, 2018

What's it take to write a good novel? Skill and imagination. One or the other isn't good enough. Which is why this (thankfully) short little first novel fails. Author Matthew Weiner has the imagination, but not the skill. He is in a new medium, you see. Usually, he writes screenplays and scripts. HIs most famous scripts were written for two long running hit TV series: The Sopranos and the series he created himself, Mad Men. Still, not all his screenwriting is a hit. Are You Here, (2013) his first writer/director feature film effort concerns a TV weatherman (Owen Wilson) who "burns through his paycheck quickly every month convincing women to have sex with him." (Wikipedia). It bombed terribly. So does this novel.

If you have a two or three hours to spare, you can read Heather, The Totality start to finish. (The title? Don't ask, I don't know what it means, either). The book resembles what TV people call "a treatment"; an overview of a story. Difference: Weiner throws in a bit of dialogue. And ... 134 pages later, THE END.

Another question: what's it take to get your first novel published? Well, as they say, "it's not what you know, it's who you know." You usually need connections. And If the book's like this one, having a huge hit like Mad Men to your credit is absolutely critical. Otherwise, as the Soprano wiseguys would say, "forgeddaboudit."

I'd suggest you do the same about this book.

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