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Heft

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Publisher's Summary

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 HouseHeft is a novel about love and family found in the most unexpected places.

©2012 Liz Moore (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    "Great look at life through the eyes of two unrelated men."

    Sure hope there is a sequel. Fell in love with these characters. So life like.

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    Moving and compelling story that kept me engaged throughout. Beautifully read. I Throughly enjoyed it.

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    "Remarkable narration by Keith Szarabajka"

    There are already plenty of glowing reviews for this beautifully written work. I just want to sing the praises of Keith Szarabajka, who absolutely brought the lead character to life.

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    Diane W. Ramsden Chicago 10-01-15
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    "Charming character-driven story"
    What does Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think about this often since many of my reading friends don't use audiobooks. These 2 narrators climbed inside their characters and brought them to life. Well done.


    If you could rename Heft, what would you call it?

    Rescue.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't know what to expect from Heft. As it turns out, Liz Moore can paint characters with a deft brush. She doesn't rely on conspiracies or forbidden romance to tell a story. Instead she creates 2 damaged characters and simply lets them speak. Is this the best book I've ever "read"? No. But it's in the ball park.

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    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 09-27-15
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    "surprisingly good"

    This book had some slow parts but overall it was good. I got quite caught up in each of their lives. The ending was disappointing. I really wanted to know how the relationship would end up.

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    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 09-25-15
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    "Loneliness + Unexpected Friendship = Great Book"

    This is a story of loneliness, loss, what could have been, and finding unexpected friendships. Hard to believe this is not a sad story, but one ultimately filled with hope. When it first began, I was rather ambivalent about the story. Once the narrator switched, I was completely hooked. I really enjoyed this book!

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    garlic heart 09-24-15

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    "Love this book and wish it were continued"

    The narration is a perfect complement to this beautiful beautiful story. There is so much to enjoy and so much to learn from this book, as I do each time I listen to it. It is about losing your family and then it is about your family finding you.

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    "Poignant, truthful, sad and hopeful."

    Lovely story, lovely writing and lovely performance. A quiet tribute to humanity with all its beauty and flaws.

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    "Sequel, please!"

    I did not want this story to end! I loved this odd, mesmerizing book. Though cold and depressing at times, I really enjoyed the character development. I did feel it ended rather rapidly though; would love a sequel.

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    Matheref11 Colorado, USA 08-19-15
    Matheref11 Colorado, USA 08-19-15 Member Since 2009
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    loved it well written loved the narrator would pass on to others to read and enjoy

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