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A Novel

Liz Moore (Author)

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"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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • September 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34388-5
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 368 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Moore’s characters are lovingly drawn…A truly original voice.” — The New Yorker

Heft achieves real poignancy…The warmth, the humanity and the hope in this novel make it compelling and pleasurable.” — Washington Post

“Few novelists of recent memory have put our bleak isolation into words as clearly as Liz Moore does in her new novel.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“[Moore] writes with compassion and emotional insight but resists sentimentality…Heft leads to hope.” — People

“Tender, thoughtful.” — New York Times Book Review

“Moore’s writing is clear, persuasive, and totally engaging, bringing her characters to life in all their sweet, quirky glory.” — Boston Globe

“This is not a novel with a happy ending, and that’s a good thing. Moore doesn’t tie her story up in a pretty package and hand it to the reader with care, but artfully acknowledges in the end that some heavy loads cannot easily be left behind.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Every once in a while, you read a book with such well-written, memorable characters that you know you’re going to remember them forever…Heft is a wonderful oddball of a book. I loved it.” — Jennifer Weiner

“A suspenseful, restorative novel from one of our fine young voices.” — Colum McCann

“This is the real deal, Liz Moore is the real deal—she's written a novel that will stick with you long after you've finished it.” — Russell Banks

Heft is a work that radiantly combines compassion and a clear-eyed vision. This is a novel of rare originality and sophistication.” — Mary Gordon

“In Heft, Liz Moore creates a cast of vulnerable, lonely misfits that will break your heart and then make it soar. What a terrific novel!” — Ann Hood

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