Audie Award Nominee, Literary Fiction, 2013
A heartwarming novel about larger-than-life characters and second chances....
Former academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama. The link between this unlikely pair is Kel’s mother, Charlene, a former student of Arthur’s. After nearly two decades of silence, it is Charlene’s unexpected phone call to Arthur - a plea for help - that jostles them into action. Through Arthur and Kel’s own quirky and lovable voices, Heft tells the winning story of two improbable heroes whose sudden connection transforms both their lives. Like Elizabeth McCracken’s The Giant’s House, Heft is a novel about love and family found in the most unexpected places.
©2012 Liz Moore (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“A suspenseful, restorative novel from one of our fine young voices.” (Colum McCann, National Book Award–winning author)
“In Heft, Liz Moore creates a cast of vulnerable, lonely misfits that will break your heart and then make it soar. What a terrific novel!” (Ann Hood, best-selling author of The Red Thread)
“This is the real deal, Liz Moore is the real deal - she’s written a novel that will stick with you long after you’ve finished it.” (Russell Banks, Pulitzer Prize finalist)
I loved this on audio, but am not sure I would have liked it as much in print. The voice of Arthur really brought this character to life for me and really increased the overall reading experience. The story was good, although some parts of Kell's story seemed to drag for me. I thought I had it all figured out, but there was a twist at the end that I did not see coming.
I kept needing to do other things while listening to this but finally just had to give in and just listened. Though somewhat depressing it kept me hooked... I ended up really enjoying the characters... the ending, while reading seemed abrupt but left me thinking... it really did wrap things up... you just have to think about it for all the pieces to come together. Already searching for something else by this author.
I love this book. I love the character and the storyline. The character development is incredible. I literally tried to limit how log I listened to this book every day because I didn't want it to end. This is the 2nd Liz Moore book I've listened to this month. I can't wait for her next one.
The narrator is so monotone that I cannot force myself to get through the book. I'm sure it's probably a good story (VERY slow start) but the narrator is completely and utterly draining.
I loved this book. The characters were well developed and felt like real people, complex and realistically dealing with their wounding.
At times I stopped listening as it was hard to feel their pain, but the compelling nature of the story always brought me back.
I was sad when it ended as I wanted to keep following their lives.
I am retire, love to read
El libro esta bien escrito. Sus caracteres con exception del hijo de Charlene, son las clases de personas que menos me gustan. Nunca entiendo la gente gorda, desaciadas, como la de Arthur. Tampoco entiendo la gente borracha y desordenada como Charlene.
Nunca entiendo las personas que encuentran a Jesus para darle una importancia o significado a sus vidas.
El hijo de Charlene
El final del libro para fue el mas sorprendente.
Love the reader, it sounded as if the characters were speaking to you on alone. Arthur is a very memorable character. I liked the ending as it is like life sometimes there aren't real endings but just a continuum. Quite poignant.
This book went in a different direction than I expected, but I still really enjoyed it. I though the narration was excellent, and the characters were captivating. I found this book sad at times, but still uplifting, and when it ended, I felt very satisfied.
I wish I knew the answer to this - I'd read it right away!
The family you choose: Love stories
I can't stop thinking about this book. On the surface, it's not that deep, but it's actually pretty profound. If you're not close to or estranged from your family of origin and have found "family" among friends, you'll see yourself in here somewhere. If you've ever turned to food, alcohol, sports, solitude or more to fill the empty spaces, you'll relate to at least one of these characters. It's just so poignant and so touching, I didn't want it to end. I couldn't put it down. I can't recommend this enough.
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