Heft – Liz Moore





Heft is Liz Moore’s debut novel and what a promising start to a writing career!   Told by two very different narrators, their stories meander with the reader desperately hoping that their narratives will eventually converge and reach a common goal.  In Brooklyn we have former academic, the reclusve Arthur Opp, weighing 550 pounds and confined to his home for ten years.  Not too far away, in Yonkers, 17 year old Kel Keller has similar difficulties fitting in with his peers, the odd one out in a school for rich kids.  Kel’s mother, Charlene, is the catalyst connecting their stories, hoping that Arthur (or the Arthur she remembers from long ago) can help Kel where she has failed.

Heft is a heartwarming tale which steers a clear path through an emotional minefield, never veering into over-sentimentality.  Arthur is quite matter-of-fact about his obesity and his candour is mirrored in the clear, unpretentious prose in which his tale unfolds.  There is sadness, life is never seen through rose coloured glasses yet the overall tone is one of quiet optimism, a hope that all will turn out well in the end.  Reading this novel made me think about what family means to different people, how friends and even acquaintances can make you feel much better about yourself than your blood relations.  It’s definitely a book which will provoke a wide variety of emotions and will appeal to a wide range of readers – definitely one to pass on.

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  1. This is going straight on my wishlist, I’ve never heard of it before so thank you for the review.

  2. Charlie says:

    Oo, I like the concept of making the reader wanting the stories to meet, as well as the thought of a discussion on family and what it means.

  3. Lindsay says:

    I loved this novel, it’s one of my favourites of this year so far.

  4. I’m glad you enjoyed this one too. I agree that it does a great job of getting the reader to think about what makes a person ‘family’. I’ll be passing this one on to lots of people too.

  5. admin says:

    Marie, it seems to have had glowing reviews everywhere.

  6. admin says:

    Hope you like it as much as I did, Charlie.

  7. admin says:

    We usually like similar novels so we concur again, Lindsay! :-)

  8. admin says:

    Yes, Jackie, it’s one I would highly recommend to all and sundry regardless of their preferred genre.

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