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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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    bebe South Carolina 05-20-17
    bebe South Carolina 05-20-17

    I love books - all kinds of books. My genre is "good book"

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    "Better than anticipated"
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    I was a little hesitant to get this book, but I am so glad I did. It was so much better than I thought it would be. The main character, Arthur, is huge. He never leaves his house. His house is a mess. The only person he ever has meaningful contact is Charlene, whom he loved when he taught her in college. She writes him letters every few years or so. When she writes him and asks him to help mentor her son, Kel, Arthur decides the change his life a bit. First he hires a maid, a very small and young Hispanic girl. I absolutely love her and she becomes one of the best characters in the book. She tries to get Arthur to get exercise and eat better. He tries to get her to eat better. <br/><br/>The other story line is Kel. His mother Charlene is a troubled soul and he takes care of her more that she takes care of him. Kel is a talented baseball player and wants to go pro straight from high school. Charlene wants him to go to college. The author does not take the expected or easy way out in this book. Nothing is predictable, which I found refreshing. The writing is superb, the characters are believable and the plot is interesting. I found myself pulling for Arthur and Kel and the little maid. They are people that the reader can really care about. The narration is very good also. I highly recommend this book as a unique and engrossing story that you will remember for a long time.

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    Ketra 05-03-17
    Ketra 05-03-17 Member Since 2008
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    "An excellent performance"

    I loved the characters and the story line. Disappointed that we did not hear the final experience!
    Loved it overall, but wanted more!

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    DBD California 04-26-17
    DBD California 04-26-17 Member Since 2016

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    "I love Arthur Op."

    Dare yourself not to fall in love with Arthur. What a beautifully written character! All of the characters slowly work their way into
    Your heart, and it's the way they save each other - just by being - that makes this such a rich story.

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    L. Walker 04-14-17
    L. Walker 04-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good until the end..."

    I thought the characters were intriguing and the plot flowed along. I would have extended the ending to include more.

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    Michael 04-13-17
    Michael 04-13-17 Member Since 2012
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    "awesome"

    heart warming, terrific and sweet. just a joy however an emotional roller coaster. terrific and amazing

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    sarah h templeton portland, me, US 03-08-17
    sarah h templeton portland, me, US 03-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing narration"

    I loved the book but even more loved the narration! Touching and fabulous, lots of giggles, a couple tears. 5 stars!

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    L&S 02-28-17
    L&S 02-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing Ending"
    Where does Heft rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Solidly in the middle of the pack.


    What does Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voice of Arthur Opp was a bit over the top in its grandiosity. It is possible to portray a character who is articulate, thoughtful, introspective and well-eductated without making him sound like he's reading Shakespeare. It was distracting at times.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised by the ending--or lack of. I realize the ending allows readers/listeners to draw a hopeful conclusion--if they choose to. But I had hoped for a bit more closure.

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    Shelly Dee 02-17-17
    Shelly Dee 02-17-17 Member Since 2013

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    "Sorry to see it end"

    This is the second Liz Moore book I've read and each is outstanding, yet totally different. In Heft, the narrators/actors were outstanding for both of the main characters. Moore has way with words -- and unique turn of phrase throughout. I was sorry to see the story end, albeit on a positive and hopeful note I thought.

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    Kathy 02-02-17
    Kathy 02-02-17
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    "Not one of the better ones I've read lately."

    Don't know what all the hype was about. I tend to like books with a semblance of a plot - this really has none, and has no ending. It's basically well written and the narration is good, but a little too esoteric for my taste....sorry i wasted a credit on it.

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    Kellie W. 01-30-17
    Kellie W. 01-30-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Mesmerizing"

    There is not a ton of "action" in this book. But that did not stop it from being a virtual page-turner. The depth of character and honesty of the characters was enough to drive it forward and keep me wanting more. The author captures the thoughts and personalities of each character so beautifully. The performance was excellent and so perfectly played. When it switches to the boys perspective it takes some getting used to the new reader and performance but managed to pick back up and keep me reeled in. I highly recommend.

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