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 absolutely loved the narrator who played Arthur. His voice was perfect--moving and evocative. Mel was good, too, but not as good as Arthur.
I was drawn into the story ins spite of myself. I usually don't like stories with this much minute detail and descriptions of every tiny thing, but for some reason I was fascinated and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. That's why I was stunned at the abrupt ending of the story...I even checked my library to see if I had neglect to download the last part...It's going to bother me for a while. Maybe that's what the author intended :)
The book was interesting and the characters complex. There were some curveballs and I found the loose ends somewhat frustrating but enjoyed it nonetheless.
I loved this story of a few isolated, damaged souls finding a sense of community and a sense of self through new connections. Through their vulnerability, they find intimacy and friendship.
The story of people from different cultures, ages, and socioeconomic backgrounds who share--and are ultimately brought together--by loneliness. A good reminder that the human experience is universal and people can save themselves by saving others. Recommended for those who enjoy a heartwarming PG story.
Definitely not a face paced story. It was a bit confusing when the different characters came on at first, It was hard to tell who the character was that was speaking. Some chapters seemed to take forever to get through and didn't advance the story line. The ending was a disaapointment.
In short, if you are looking for a book that drones on to help you fall asleep, this is it.
I purchased this audiobook after reading several reviews of the book and the audio performance on the Listener Page. I AM CERTAINLY GLAD THAT I DID. The story was so captivating and haunting that the writing, itself, took a backseat to the story unfolding before me...around me. I was so totally engrossed in the story, that I had completely forgotten I was actually listening to a novel. I had opinions that I both wanted to share and to be heard...support, that I longed to give. In my mind, this was actually a possibility and I felt as if the people in the story, were only a text message away. Although the novel came to a close, I feel as though I will forever be connected to the people, in a sense that it's actually a tangible part of my past experiences. BRAVO Ms. Moore for your talented writing and to Kirby and Keith for bringing it to life and having it linger here with me. 📖
When our mother passed away our family vicar said to us as we left her " Go gentle on yourselves and go gentle on others you meet for you don't know their life's journey" These are the thought s and emotions Liz Moore's words have evoked in me. This is what books are all about surely.
I have listened to the book 3 times over the past two years. It is one of my all time favorites. The writing style is superb. I laugh and also feel sad at different times. Oh how life is messy but that's what makes it so magical. As I reflect on Arthur Opp, Yolanda and Kel Keller I feel hope. This is why I come back to Heft again and again.
I enjoyed this book so much that I found reasons to rearrange my tasks sob that I could stay productive and keep listening. I was not prepared for the story to end and wish there were more chapters to the book.
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