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Publisher's Summary

A collision course between a privileged family and a dangerous young man, Heather, the Totality is a chilling debut novel by the creator of Mad Men, Matthew Weiner.
©2017 Matthew Weiner (P)2017 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"I cringed and shuddered my way through this short, daring novel to its terrible inevitable end. Each neat, measured paragraph carpaccios its characters to get to the book's heart - one of Boschian self-cannibalizing isolation. A stunning novel. Heather, The Totality blew me away." (Nick Cave)
" Heather, the Totality gripped me at once and had me spellbound. It was partly the absolute certainty of the world he was describing, the sense that beyond these brilliantly chosen details there was a wealth of similarly truthful social and psychological perception unstated. And partly the slightly fastidious form, the sound of a voice a hair's breadth away from affectation, but so firmly where it was that there was no question of turning away and not hearing what was going to come next. Then there was the ice-cold mercilessness, of a kind that reminded me (oddly, I suppose, but there it was) of Evelyn Waugh." (Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Anne Burnham on 11-28-17

A movie treatment, not a novel

A very short novel, more like a novella, that reads as a movie treatment - plot points and descriptions of the characters' states of mind and personalities - that could be a compelling movie if fleshed out by good acting and directing. Very disappointing.

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5 out of 5 stars
By newyorkaise on 11-12-17

Wish he’d do a short story collection

I adored Mad Men and would read anything Matthew Weiner wrote. This is nothing like Mad Men, but much like an episode of Mad Men, it’s a compact and compelling story well told. Maybe better suited to a short story collection, but I’ll take whatever I can get. Though I’d have been happy to spend more time with the characters, I value economy in storytelling.

A voice actor might’ve given a “better” performance, but I appreciate the intimacy of an author narrating his/her own work. In this case, being such a fan, it felt like a private reading.

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