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Families come in all shapes and sizes,
This review is from: Heft (Paperback)
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Heft is a delightful book, heartwarming (but not schmaltzy) with two very different but equally endearing lead characters.
Arthur Opp is a morbidly obese, housebound former professor who once had a very brief but meaningful liaison with a former student, Charlene Turner. He hasn't heard from Charlene for 20 years, during which time his life has shrunk (unlike his body) to a point where his only contact with the outside world is through online shopping and visits from delivery men. Charlene telephones him out of the blue to ask that he help her son Kel with his college applications. This unexpected contact gives the reclusive Arthur a new lease of life as he sets about sprucing up his home in anticipation of the visit of Charlene and her son , but unfortunately for Arthur things don't go according to plan.
The story is told from the viewpoints of Arthur and Kel and they both make very likeable and engaging narrators. Kel is a happy and well-adjusted teenager, a gifted sportsman who is popular and respected amongst his peers. The only dark cloud in life is the responsibility he bears in looking after his mother Charlene.
In their own very different ways, both Arthur and Kel are two lost souls who come to symbolise what it means to be lonely and isolated, but also how even the briefest human contact can lead to hope and opportunity. Liz Moore has created two very empathetic and memorable characters as well as an engaging and believable supporting cast. I was totally absorbed in their worlds and was sorry to leave them behind when I finished the book.