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)
Like previous reviewers said, this is a story about loneliness and friendship. At first I wasn't sure I could stick with such a sad character but it was a great listen through to the end. Good narrators, too. Definitely worth a listen.
The insight into people who are so often judged only from the outside. We are such an intolerant society and this book would be an excellent English lit book for junior and high schoolers.
When Aurther tells the story about visiting his father after the death of his mother - it helped explain who he was and the depth of his pain.
The innate innocence and goodness of both characters would have been somewhat diminished without the skill of these readers and that is so integral to the development of both characters.
Both - not extreme in either case, but very moving and joyful.
Arthur's complete acceptance of Yolanda without pigeon-holing her by stereotype was really sweet.
I very much recommend this book. I was impressed with the author's ability to authentically present the emotional inner lives and outer connections of uncommon (but perhaps more common than most realize) individuals.
Unfortunately, there were far more than I could have expected... I have been thinking about it for longer than it took to read/listen.
Arthur Opp. No question. Incredible performance. Incredible character.
Sadly, I am afraid that anything I could say might actually serve to minimize the impact of this book on other readers. "Identity" and "self-awareness" are deep pools and the surface reflections are often distorted. See for yourself.
I listened to the whole thing. So, it was not that bad. That being said , however, it was painful. The hefty one bemoans his lack of involvement with life while the teenager shares his teenage angst with us. A whole lot of whining going on. I waited for development and lo and behold just as it was about to happen.. the story ends.
Love to exercise while listening
I wouldn't know. I have kids so I can't remember the last time I was able to read something without being interrupted.
Wow, so many. I wouldn't want to ruin it for anyone.
They were both so good. I think because both narrators were probably the best I've heard. They breathed life into their characters. So amazing. Pauses at the right time. No silly voices for other characters. I can't tell you how enjoyable this book was.
Not heft. Maybe something along the line that life is hard, you will make stupid decisions, but that does not define you.
Yes, why did it end like that. I needed a few more chapters.
I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!
This is a great inside look into the life of a seriously obese and mentally disturmed person. I hated the ending but the rest of this book was quite captivating and hopeful.
The rich, melodious voice of the narrator transported me to his character in a moment. I was happy to listen to his voice regardless of the story. But what a story! When it finished I cried out 'Oh No!' as I wanted more. Really enjoyed this book and my life is richer for it.
I so enjoyed this book. The narrator was so believable as the character and the story was so honest that I felt physical empathy for him. The character's personality came through so much so that I wanted to meet him. I may have been selfish with that last star, but I did not like the ending. I may have just wanted more.
The performance and the honesty of the story.
I believe that when I read the reviews, prior to purchasing it, there were some very negative comments. It wasn't until I read another review that said they could not understand why it was harshly reviewed that I gave it a shot. I am so glad I did, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
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Kel - captured the spirit/fear of a high school male student. There is always more to the story.
No, but I plan to.
Kel's girlfriends dad
A great book. I became attached to every single character.
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