Heft: A Novel

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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  - TerriS - LibraryThing

This is the story of two lonely people, a 58-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy, each telling their story in first person, who are connected by a woman in an unusual way. It is a sweet and heart ... Read full review

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User Review  - pgchuis - LibraryThing

Arthur Opp, a former lecturer, weighs 550lb and has not left his house for 10 years. He has corresponded on and off for the last 20 years with Charlene, a former student, but has not been honest about ... Read full review

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Liz Moore is the author of the acclaimed novel Heft. A winner of the 2014 Rome Prize in Literature, she lives in Philadelphia.

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