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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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    Juliet J. McKinnon 12-22-16
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    "I didn't want this book to end!"

    I love this book. I love the character and the storyline. The character development is incredible. I literally tried to limit how log I listened to this book every day because I didn't want it to end. This is the 2nd Liz Moore book I've listened to this month. I can't wait for her next one.

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    MammaYumYum 12-12-16
    MammaYumYum 12-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Narration = Zzzzzzzzzzz"

    The narrator is so monotone that I cannot force myself to get through the book. I'm sure it's probably a good story (VERY slow start) but the narrator is completely and utterly draining.

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    L. Logan Portland, OR USA 12-08-16
    L. Logan Portland, OR USA 12-08-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Completely engaging"

    I loved this book. The characters were well developed and felt like real people, complex and realistically dealing with their wounding.
    At times I stopped listening as it was hard to feel their pain, but the compelling nature of the story always brought me back.
    I was sad when it ended as I wanted to keep following their lives.

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    Suramericana 11-20-16 Member Since 2016

    I am retire, love to read

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    "Extraño, diferente"
    If you could sum up Heft in three words, what would they be?

    El libro esta bien escrito. Sus caracteres con exception del hijo de Charlene, son las clases de personas que menos me gustan. Nunca entiendo la gente gorda, desaciadas, como la de Arthur. Tampoco entiendo la gente borracha y desordenada como Charlene.
    Nunca entiendo las personas que encuentran a Jesus para darle una importancia o significado a sus vidas.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Liz Moore? Why or why not?

    Quizas.


    Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka – was your favorite?

    El hijo de Charlene


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Ninguno


    Any additional comments?

    El final del libro para fue el mas sorprendente.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pinky 11-19-16
    Pinky 11-19-16
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    "Throughly engrossing."

    Love the reader, it sounded as if the characters were speaking to you on alone. Arthur is a very memorable character. I liked the ending as it is like life sometimes there aren't real endings but just a continuum. Quite poignant.

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    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 11-01-16
    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 11-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved the narration"

    This book went in a different direction than I expected, but I still really enjoyed it. I though the narration was excellent, and the characters were captivating. I found this book sad at times, but still uplifting, and when it ended, I felt very satisfied.

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    ~Portia Birmingham, AL 10-31-16
    ~Portia Birmingham, AL 10-31-16 Member Since 2017
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    "So many secrets, so much love"
    What other book might you compare Heft to and why?

    I wish I knew the answer to this - I'd read it right away!


    If you could rename Heft, what would you call it?

    The family you choose: Love stories


    Any additional comments?

    I can't stop thinking about this book. On the surface, it's not that deep, but it's actually pretty profound. If you're not close to or estranged from your family of origin and have found "family" among friends, you'll see yourself in here somewhere. If you've ever turned to food, alcohol, sports, solitude or more to fill the empty spaces, you'll relate to at least one of these characters. It's just so poignant and so touching, I didn't want it to end. I couldn't put it down. I can't recommend this enough.

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    Diogo Freire Gameiro Miranda 10-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Seems to be missing the other half"

    I was really hooked by Kel Keller's storyline. I wanted to know more and more as I struggled with him. But Arthur's arc had the polar opposite effect on me, found it to be slow and with not much to add to the story.
    I was really confused when the book ended, Kel's story was getting very interesting, Arthur's arc was starting to make sense and then it just ended. Seems like I'm missing the other half of the book.
    I wanted to see this develop further, for sure.

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    ray g evans 10-28-16
    ray g evans 10-28-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Depressing and long"

    This book was depressing and really had no point. I would not recommend this book.

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    Shelly Silver Spring, MD, United States 10-24-16
    Shelly Silver Spring, MD, United States 10-24-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great listen"

    The story is great and the performance stupendous . Would love to see a follow up book.

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