‘Mad Men’ creator gets book deal

Matthew Weiner
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Matthew Weiner

Been bereft since “Mad Men” wrapped? Good news: The show’s creator, Matthew Weiner, is set to return to fictional New York City. But this time, in the form of a novel.

Publisher Little, Brown and Co. confirmed on Wednesday that it plans to publish Weiner’s debut, “Heather, the Totality,” next fall. Described as a “dark fable set in contemporary Manhattan,’’ the book follows a teenager named Heather from the perspective of other characters, her parents among them, who are obsessed with her. Little, Brown editor in chief Judith Clain told The New York Times that the work is “psychologically very chilling . . . you feel while you’re reading it that something terrible is going to happen.”

Weiner, who studied poetry at Wesleyan University, has won multiple Emmys for his work on both “Mad Men” and “The Sopranos.” It’s safe to say he has a handle on creating fictional worlds, but aside from a few plays and poetry he described to the Times as “nothing that I would ever show anybody,” this novel marks his first major literary venture.


“Heather, the Totality” came to life months after Weiner encountered a teenage girl in the midst of an emotional conversation on the Upper East Side, according to the Times. Weiner immediately took note of the situation, and the story grew from there.

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Weiner told the Times, “It was a little story where I was like, I wonder what that is, maybe I’ll use it some time.”

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