Thursday, February 07, 2013
Heft by Liz Moore is a novel that explores loneliness and missed communication. It opens with Arthur Opp, a former college professor who is now very overweight and reclusive. He rarely leaves his brownstone in Brooklyn and manages to get most of his errands done via the internet and home delivery. His past comes back to haunt him and we're introduced to Charlene and her son Kel Keller. Kel is a high school student and athelete with dreams of playing for the Mets. I found the beginning of the book a little slow, but once Kel is introduced the work picks up some speed and a more authentic tone. A good novel if you like character-driven fiction.