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Heather, the Totality
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Heather, the Totality
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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.

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.

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  • Matthew Weiner has been entertaining audiences for two decades, primarily 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. He studied at Wesleyan University and earned his MFA from the University of Southern California.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 7, 2017
    Mad Men creator Weiner crafts a finely honed tale that highlights class conflict. Mark Breakstone, a Manhattan financier, and his charming wife, Karen, may not quite be able to afford a penthouse apartment, but the couple have a wonderful daughter, Heather, who grows to be a beautiful teen, smart and full of empathy for others. Both her parents cherish her, despite the normal disappointments, arguments, and misunderstandings. These dramas play out in their heads or in minor squabbles, rendering the Breakstones as pitiful and mundane as many other families, despite their wealth. In contrast, Bobby Klasky is a pitiless, textbook sociopath, with a drug-addicted single mother and a record of violence toward animals. Convinced of his superiority over everyone, Bobby chooses the alluring Heather, whom he first spots on a Manhattan rooftop from an adjoining building where he’s doing construction work, as the victim of his rape, torture, and murder fantasy, which he plans to carry out in the real world. Weiner somewhat telegraphs his final twist, but the results of that twist may still surprise. Agent: Jin Auh, Wylie Agency.

  • AudioFile Magazine Author and narrator Matthew Weiner is the most obvious choice to bring this narrative experiment to life. His dry, urbane point of view was most evident in his TV creation, "Mad Men." Here he mines the same depths of malignant personalities in Mark and Karen Breakstone, a mismatched couple who produce the almost magical Heather. The existential threat to Heather is Bobby Klasky, a violent sociopath whose interest in the girl drives the story to its shocking climax. Weiner affects no actor's mannerisms in his delivery, letting the work itself lead the listener through the sometimes outrageous and occasionally baffling twists. Because Weiner doesn't allow the characters to speak for themselves, the audiobook version is especially effective as it helps listeners to note revealing nuances in the narrative. R.O. � AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine
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