Heft: A Novel (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 23, 2012 - Fiction - 368 pages
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“A stunningly sad and heroically hopeful tale. . . . This is a beautiful novel about relationships of the most makeshift kind.”—O, The Oprah Magazine

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 difficult family life. 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 shatters their isolation. Told with warmth and intelligence through Arthur and Kel’s own quirky and lovable voices, Heft is the story of two improbable heroes whose connection transforms both their lives. It is a memorable, heartbreaking, and ultimately redemptive novel about finding sustenance and friendship in the most surprising places.

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User Review  - brendajanefrank - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed "Heft" and found it well-written. The reason it gets only 3 stars is the poor ending. The story just peters out and quits. There should have been much more to the conclusion. I don't mind a somewhat ambiguous ending, but this was ridiculously abrupt. Read full review

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User Review  - nyiper - LibraryThing

Oh dear-----I absolutely loved the audio of this book. Wonderful voices, particularly that of Arthur Opp --- but I really want a sequel. I can certainly use my imagination but I want the author to provide us with more in the way she writes. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Liz Moore is a writer and musician. Her debut novel, The Words of Every Song, was published in 2007, and she recently released her album Backyards. She is a professor at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, where she lives.

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