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)
Life's good when I am listening to a great book.
What I loved best about Heft was that I felt like I was living the main character's life. The author was able to write the book in a manner that allowed me to feel that I was on the inside of his mind, understanding his motives and choices. He was such an interesting, brilliant, gentle man while at the same time he was trapped within himself and within his home.
I suppose that Heft reminded me of Anne Tyler novels, like "Accidental Tourist" perhaps. Unbelievable character development. The reader gets to live the life of another.
The reading of Heft was brilliant. The story telling with two different voices allowed me to more fully live the lives of the two main characters whose ages were vastly separated.
This book did not make me laugh or cry but did make me feel deeply the importance of development of friendships and the value of creating one's own family of friends as opposed to a birth family. This book allowed me to observe the protagonist's great ability to find love and acceptance of himself and of others.
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.
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!
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.
This is a good - straight forward story. The narration is WONDERFUL ! Keith Szarabajka , I could listen to your voice as Arthur - FOREVER.............I soooooo wanted all these story lines to come crashing into each other and overlap and be all messy.....but for the same reason I keep my potatoes, from touching my peas, from touching my chicken, to not touching the sides of the plate and then eating them in alphabetical order >>>>>> they did not..........
The complete human-ness and honesty in the words and feelings. There were not really any pedestals for the characters to stand on......they were REAL, HONEST, FALTERING people (just like all of us) and they admitted it.
Keith Szarabajka TOTALLY- hands down. Kirby was great too but he had the narration of a 18 year old boy and only SO much can be done with that. The voice of Arthur however has so much depth and richness , I was mesmerized ! Loved that the "Bronx" charm was not lost when Yolanda spoke.......that was fabulous as well...........Arthur , I rally still for you and hope to see you in the park someday !
Worth the read/listen.
I like the fat man.
The description by which Arthur Opt discusses eating his Easter chocolates hidden under his bed.
I enjoyed following the two separate lives in this book and thought each character was well done and believable. This book was entertaining, had a solid plot, and left subtle trails of various allegories within. Still, I think the books ending lacks something that could have made it great. Perhaps it is really me, for I needed a little more resolution from one of the main characters.
This novel is really two interconnected stories. The first is about a 450 pound recluse, looking at his lonely life at present and looking back in his past - his time as a boy being made fun of, as an adult with his career as a teacher, and a crush he had on a young college student of his. The other half of this book follows the teenage son of the recipient of that crush. He is a star baseball player, trying to fit in at a private school where he feels like an outsider and he has to deal with his sick mother. I liked both stories quite a bit. I enjoy coming-of-age stories, and this was a good and original one. Each first person's narration has its own reader, and the older man's reader is especially good. This novel kept me engaged from start to end.
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