This heartwarming novel about larger than life characters and second chances was the Audie Award Nominee for Literary Fiction in 2013.
Arthur Opp, weighing in at five hundred fifty pounds, is a former academic who has been homebound in Brooklyn for more than ten years. Just twenty miles away in Yonkers, Kel Keller is struggling as a seventeen year old poor student in a school of rich kids. Putting all his hope in the dream of a professional baseball career, he feels uncertain that his family drama won't tie him down.
The connection between Arthur and Kel is Kel's mother Charlene. She used to be a student of Arthur's, and though they haven't spoken in twenty years, she makes a surprise phone call to him, a plea for help, which shakes them both up -- for good.
Told through the perspective of Arthur and Kel, with quirk and with compassion, Heft becomes a triumphant tale of two very unlikely heroes. Love and family truly can be found in the most surprising ways.
Liz Moore is a writer, a musician and a teacher. Her first novel, The Words of Every song was written while she was in college; it received 3.5 out of 4 stars in People Magazine. She has released an album called Backyards. After receiving her MFA in Fiction from Hunter College, she moved to Philadelphia. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Writing at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, where she lives. Her novel Heft has been critically acclaimed.
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. Download and start listening now!