Heft: A Novel
Title: Heft: A Novel
Author: Liz Moore
I cannot stop thinking about the characters in this book, because they were so loveable and admirable, but yet so faulty and human. The book had much to say about the fairness of life, the choices that we make and that are made for us, and how paying attention to each other can change everything.
-Nancy at Comstock Park
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.