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Heather, the Totality

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This event includes a book signing

Harvard Book Store welcomes Emmy Award–winning writer, director, and producer MATTHEW WEINER—creator of Mad Men, one of television’s most honored series—for a discussion of his debut novel, Heather, the Totality. He will be joined in conversation by Bret Anthony Johnston, author of the bestselling novel Remember Me Like This.

About Heather, the Totality

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.


Heather, The Totality is a tour de force of control, tone and razor-slash insight. In its clear-eyed anatomist’s gaze and its remarkable combination of empathy and pitilessness, I hear echoes of Flaubert and Richard Yates, with a deeply twisted twist of Muriel Spark at her darkest. I could not put it down.” ―Michael Chabon, author of Moonglow

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

“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

“Short and rapier-sharp, Matthew Weiner’s Heather, The Totality compels and unnerves in equal measure. Like the great Patricia Highsmith, Weiner renders the disturbing not just plausible but exquisitely, agonizingly inevitable. A tour de force.” ―Claire Messud, author of The Burning Girl

Film Screening

The Brattle Theatre will screen The Earrings of Madame de… after our event and book signing. This screening will be ticketed separately, through the Brattle Theatre, and will feature a special introduction by Matthew Weiner. Early arrivers to the screening will have the opportunity to purchase copies of Heather, the Totality.

Learn more about the film screening here.

Signing Guidelines

This evening’s book signing is limited to Matthew Weiner’s book, Heather, the Totality—up to three books per person. No memorabilia.

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Bret Anthony Johnston

Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the internationally best-selling novel Remember Me Like This, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the winner of the 2015 McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns Prize. He is also the author of the award-winning Corpus Christi: Stories, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Independent (London) and The Irish Times, and the editor of Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. His work appears in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Paris Review, Glimmer Train Stories, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Best American Short Stories, and on NPR’s Selected Shorts.

Matthew Weiner

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 USC. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, architect Linda Brettler, and their four sons.

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