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Heather, the Totality

2 CDs. 2 hrs. Hachette Audio. Nov. 2017. ISBN 9781478922728. $25. digital download. F
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At just two hours, Weiner's debut novel is more of a novella, perhaps its length (or lack thereof) reflects his television expertise. Screen aficionados will certainly recognize Weiner's name: he's creator/producer/director of the wildly successful Mad Men and writer/producer of the groundbreaking The Sopranos. Keeping his multihat creative approach, Weiner is both author and narrator here, maintaining clear control of his latest project. His crisp, precise reading is (no surprise) spot-on, as he introduces the haves and the have-nots and asks audiences to witness what happens when their disparate lives intersect. Mark and Karen Breakstone are wealthy Manhattanites in a stale marriage. Their indulged and adored daughter, Heather, is now a teenager, old enough to voice opinions that are dismissive of the family's privilege. She's taken notice of a construction worker hired for the penthouse renovation above: Bobby with his abused and abusive growing up, his prison record, his matricidal past, his disregard for reality. Heather considers him as practice for empathy-tinged noblesse oblige; Mark recognizes him as a trespassing threat. Implosion looms. Who survives?
VERDICT Libraries should prepare for demanding pop culture fans with literary leanings who won't want to miss. ["A razor-sharp, fast-paced dark look at the class divide. Fans of Richard Yates will enjoy this chilling addition to noir literature": LJ 8/17 review of the Little, Brown hc.]

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