HEFT is a novel about love and family found in the most unexpected places.
Former academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn't left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty milesaway, 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 sporting 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. HEFT is a novel about love and family found in the most unexpected places.
“A stunningly sad and heroically hopeful tale ... This is a beautiful novel about relationships of the most makeshift kind.”
O, The Oprah Magazine
“Full of surprises and love and healing, Heft is the most unsentimental sentimental journey you will read this year.”
“Heft is written with a dry wit and the characters are hugely likeable … It’s moving and tragic too.”
“Nuanced and poignant… each of the three acutely written principals of Moore’s second novel hooks the reader in a heartbeat. Heft is an understated yet intensely emotional work.”
“A gentle fiction, as big-hearted as it’s star is heavy. ”
“Heft is a suspenseful, restorative novel from one of our fine young voices”
Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin
“Moore’s characters are lovingly drawn . . . A truly original voice.”
The New Yorker
“Liz Moore has a light touch… she never takes her characters too seriously, letting their drama and sadness trickle through slowly rather than undamming any torrent of emotion or sentimentality. This knack is largely down to her seemingly effortless, economic prose as well as her appreciation of the notion of loneliness.”
“A book to be devoured”