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Heft: A Novel (original 2012; edition 2012)

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Title:Heft: A Novel
Authors:Liz Moore
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2012), Paperback, 368 pages
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Heft by Liz Moore (2012)

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Recommend it! ( )
  pammosk | Jan 26, 2016 |
Interesting characters. The author makes the reader understand how disabling obesity is and how difficult it is to bridge the gap between the economically disadvantaged and the affluent. I was disappointed with the book's abrupt ending though. ( )
  Cricket856 | Jan 25, 2016 |
Very well done-beautiful inner dialogue of Arthur's about comfort, fear, loneliness; each character's development of courage made this a story that kept me up most of the night. ( )
  andreasaria | Jan 24, 2016 |
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-warming tale, but it was different than I expected it was going to be. After I settled down to the fact that what I kept expecting to happen wasn't going to happen (3/4 way through the book!), I finally began to understand the story better and enjoy it more. ( )
  TerriS | Jan 17, 2016 |
4.5 stars. I loved the characters in this book (two first person narrators) and quickly started worrying about their troubles. Arthur Opp is an ex-professor in self-imposed exile in his house where he has become obese. Meanwhile, Kel Keller is an athletic teenage boy who feels split between the wealthy neighborhood where he attends school and the lower class neighborhood where he lives with his mother and her serious health issues. The relationships these two rather isolated individuals deal with are sad but also sweet, as are their own revelations. The only thing I would have liked to change is make the book go just a little longer and fill in the ending...

Fantastic audio narrators.
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  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
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The writing is quirky, sometimes to a fault, yet original . . . Moore’s second novel wears its few kinks well
added by nsblumenfeld | editPublishers Weekly (Nov 14, 2011)
 
Only a hardhearted reader will remain immune to Kel’s troubled charm.
added by nsblumenfeld | editKirkus Reviews (Nov 3, 2011)
 
Moore's lovely novel (after The Words of Every Song) is about overcoming shame and loneliness and learning to connect. It is life-affirming but never sappy.
added by Christa_Josh | editLibrary Journal, Lauren Gilbert (Oct 15, 2011)
 

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For my mother, Christine
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The first thing you must know about me is that I am colossally fat.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393081508, Hardcover)

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 House, Heft is a novel about love and family found in the most unexpected places.

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Arthur weighs 550 pounds and hasn't left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Kel navigates life as a poor kid in a rich school, and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career. An unexpected connection transforms both their lives as they find sustenance and friendship in the most surprising places.… (more)

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