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Heft by Liz   Moore
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Aug 11, 2012

really liked it
Recommended to Becky by: Nancy
Recommended for: Anne
Read on August 10, 2012 , read count: 1

Life has never been easy for Professor Arthur Opp. To cope, he wraps a double cocoon around himself in the form of many extra pounds and the safety of his Brooklyn childhood home. In the age of the internet, he finds he can survive without ever stepping beyond his front stoop. The groceries are delivered, and he pays the paper delivery boy extra to make sure the paper hits the top step every morning. Weighing between 500 and 600 lbs, it is too difficult for him to navigate the stairs leading to his front door. He is a very lonely man, finding solace in his food, books, magazines and favorite television programs. At the age of 58, he has not left his home in 10 years and has only minimal contact with the other human beings in his life, the delivery people.

Kel Keller, a high school student, was born blessed. His athleticism, charm, and good looks aid his popularity, no matter where he lands in life. He presents a persona of ease and perfection to the world, despite the fact that his personal life is a shambles. He longs for meaningful connections, but has not learned to reveal his true self to anyone.

These two men are united by Charlene Turner, a former student who befriended the professor twenty years prior. In the intervening years, the two have maintained a sporadic snail mail correspondence. Charlene, a seemingly simple and naive woman, brings these two people together, opening the door for the real human connection that both men have been seeking.


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