Heather, the Totality

Heather, the Totality

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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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.--Amazon.com
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316439909
Branch Call Number: FIC WEINER
Characteristics: 138 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 27, 2018

It was a one sit read. I kept waiting for the story to deepen. Underdeveloped characters and plot. Aging middle aged parents,beautiful daughter, damaged excon and viola! Quick end.
I expected better. Maybe this was just practice.

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.

Dec 31, 2017

I was so disappointed by this book. It did not grab me from the start, but I thought, what the heck it's a short read. The middle was good, building the characters, building the suspense. The ending was a total let down. Just... ugh.

Dec 29, 2017

More plot outline than novel, and as a result curiously flat and bland.

Dec 13, 2017

Nature or Nurture?
From the top floor with
rich looking stuff, even
Bobby has a glimmer of
Hope. "$ can buy, but
Still is it Nature or Nurture?

Nicr Dec 01, 2017

Concise, incisive study of a privileged marriage and rebellious teen daughter on a collision course with a working-class psychopath.


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