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Heft by Liz Moore
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Apr 16, 2012

really liked it

Make that 4 1/2
It's a small story with a couple of unlikely point-of-view characters--an obese former academic agoraphobic,58, and a teenage baseball player, 18, whose mother is a rapidly deterioriating alcoholic. The man and the mother were letter-writers, both in love with each other 20 years before.

Tender like an Anne Tyler, warmly human, she deftly sees the world authentically through their eyes (reminds me of Wally Lamb in SHE'S COME UNDONE, how brilliantly he conveyed a teen girl's psyche (and not because she was obese).

I don't know, but it's been a long time since a book put tears in my eyes more than once. Simple, quiet, direct voice, no verbal showing-off here. This is her second book. I'm getting her first. Such a human story, how we help each other in the smallest ways, save each other from loneliness. Slightly slow start maybe and though the path is predictable, there are surprises. Also reminiscent of some of Elizabeth Berg's work.
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