Heft: A Novel - Liz Moore

Heft: A Novel

By Liz Moore

  • Release Date: 2012-01-23
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4 Score: 4 (From 226 Ratings)


From the New York Times bestselling author of Long Bright River: "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. The link between this unlikely pair is Kel’s mother, Charlene, a former student of Arthur’s. 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.


  • Directionless

    By Franklin Avenue
    There isn't much plot here, and when that's the case, then either the characters or the writing itself need to pull the reader through, but these weren't there either. Arthur Opp is at his most intriguing in the beginning, where events leading up to his seclusion are provided. It's downhill from there -- if only this novel went as fast as a thing going downhill. Merciless entrapment in stilted present tense. Feels incomplete. A waste of time.
  • Great story

    By Tati Fullett
    This book was a heartbreaking story, yet hopeful, but to leave the reader hanging at the end like that infuriates me. I get it not everything can be tied up in a pretty package but that was a real dead end. I was disappointed.
  • Heft

    By RubyApple
    Great read; a 'can't-put-it-down' book. Characters well developed and their lives intertwined in interesting ways. Well written, but the ending left me terribly disappointed, and with a feeling of 'being undone'. I look forward to the author's next works and developing skills.
  • Pretty good

    By Delaoliva3
    Well written, but just an 'okay' story. I think this author has a lot of talent and look forward to more
  • Heft

    By Mtliv
    Thoughtful, moving, intimate. I couldn't put it down.
  • Heft by Liz Moore

    By Cc93430
    So sad. Could not put it down. Very poignant.
  • Lovely, human

    By J Narragansett
    I loved this book for its intimacy with the characters. You can feel their lives enclosing you. Very very enjoyable. Left me wanting a sequel!!!! (please write one!)