‘Mad Men’ creator Matthew Weiner writes his first novel

‘Heather, The Totality’ is inspired by an overheard New York conversation

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is writing his first novel, which is to be published in autumn 2017.

Since Mad Men ended in May 2015, former The Sopranos writer Weiner’s only public work has been directing an episode for the most recent season of Orange Is The New Black.

But Weiner has now announced a deal with publishers Little, Brown for his novel Heather, The Totality.

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Weiner said the novel is inspired by a conversation he overheard a teenage girl having in his neighbourhood in New York. He said: “As someone to whom literature has always been essential, the only thing better than the experience of writing Heather, The Totality is having it published by Little, Brown. I can’t imagine a more exciting way to begin this part of my writing life.”

Heather, The Totality is described by Little, Brown as: “A dark fable set in contemporary Manhattan, about three people from two worlds who are on a collision course in pursuit of a beautiful child.”

Little, Brown editor-in-chief Judith Clain said Weiner’s writing style “Brings to mind Edgar Allan Poe and Henry James and yet is utterly modern. In his hands, the characters in Heather, The Totality are deeply complicated and unhinged by their flaws, and almost driven wild by their fears.”

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