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)
This is the kind of book that grabs you from the beginning and then keeps you holding on because the characters are so lovingly revealed and exposed to you. It's a story about vulnerability, love and self-discovery for the two main characters, who are on converging paths.
The ending was a little abrupt for me, but I recognize how it could be satisfying for others, as anything more could be considered redundant. The author had already made her point that love and family can come from unexpected places. But, the characters were so well written, that I wanted to read more and see how things unfolded once they did meet.
Both narrators were great and really captured their characters' voices. I especially felt the weariness in Arthur's voice, with it's gravely deepness.
It's not exactly a light read, but it's time well spent.
This was a great book. When I ready (or download) a book I always hope for one with good characters, a good story and something that makes me feel something. This definitely had all three. It had some weight to it (pun somewhat intended ...). Our main character has been house-bound for years and suddenly he has someone new in his life to help bring him out. Yes, it's an old story, but it is really told in a very sweet way. We learn about his past and it is heart-breaking. We really root for him. Definitely worth a read - I have recommended to so many people. If you are wavering, just go for it. It will be worth it.
This book had great potential. But was very slow moving. Several times I was going to leave it unfinished, but thought it's going to get better then I will be sad I left. Finally it wasabi it to get interesting...... Then it was over. What!?!
The book throws you rather abruptly into a sad life, and it's easy to give up at the beginning. But I found that the book drew me further and further in until I just couldn't wait to find out what happened to this unlikely pair. Infuriatingly, just as I was hanging on one character's every word, the author would switch to the other character. It's impressive that the author could write two such different characters with such depth. I sympathized with both of the main characters. The narration, like the book, was jarring at first but quickly captivated me. Thoroughly enjoyable!
This is the thing. If I hadn't grown so fond of the characters... if I hadn't really grown to care about them... if I hadn't become completely emotionally invested in them, then I wouldn't have felt so ridiculously cheated at the end of this book. I really don't get why the author would spend the entire book building stories around the sad, lonely lives of these people then offer an glimpse of hope towards the end and, before that end, shut the door on the reader. Now, other reviewers have said, "I can see why the author would do what she did to allow the reader to decide, in the end, what happens." REALLY? That is such an absurd comment. I did not WRITE this book. I did not create these characters. I do not truly understand, in real depth, each of these complex people, therefore, to expect me to "guess" any kind of outcome is ludicrous. Only Ms. Moore truly knows Arthur and Kel and Yolanda, and only she can truly tell the readers what happens when the characters finally meet (do they ever meet? Does Kel change his mind? Do they get into a car accident on the way?) Unfortunately, rather than actually finishing the story, Ms. Moore decided to walk out of the room and close the door behind her. Does she think that somehow makes the ending cool in an abstract sort of mysteriously funky way? I can begin to understand why she made that decision, but it was a horribly selfish one. She knows how the story ends. It's a shame she chose not to share it with those who spent the time and money on her book.
delves into the inner lives of two main characters linked by a person they have in common.
in this age of Facebook and Twitter glib, it is refreshing to hear an inner voice with insecurities exposed.
narrators are excellent and really add to the story.
This story of two different males linked by a woman dear to both of them was a good character study. I didn't like the teenage son in the beginning but as the story progressed I was awed by the magnitude of the decisions he faced. And the story helped me understand better the heavy price of weight. This is one of
those books that will be with me for awhile.
I really enjoyed the two narrators, and the two stories, and wondering how they would become one.
The character development.
They were each so pleasant to listen to, I thought they did a GREAT job!
Arthur Opp, he was so lonely and isolated, I really felt for him. Makes you wonder how many others are like him in the world. Sad.
I was glad I listened to this book. I found myself smiling along with the story, although certainly some parts were sad.
This book really gets into the psyche of people. Why do we do the things we do, or don't do the things we want to do?
The narrators of both characters were wonderful.
I really wanted to know how their first meeting went. I hope there's a second book that continues their story.
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