Heft by Liz Moore
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Moore's skill is to unfold their stories, freighted with unhappiness, in a way that is touching, not to say intensely moving, while never becoming mawkish.
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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.
 

About Liz Moore

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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.
 
Published January 23, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jane Housham on Apr 19 2013

Moore's skill is to unfold their stories, freighted with unhappiness, in a way that is touching, not to say intensely moving, while never becoming mawkish.

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