Heft

The first thing you must know about me is that I am colossally fat.

This – from time to time –  felt like a documentary on the people abandoned by society.

Arthur Opp is an morbidly obese man who locked himself up in his own house. Kel Keller is a poor teen on a rich school with an alcoholic for a mother. His mother is the link between them, her letters to Arthur a trigger for changes in both Arthur’s and Kel’s lives.

None of these people are easy to like. Arthur is full of self-pity and navel-staring, Kel keeps so many facades up that he doesn’t recognize himself. It is the side-characters that soften their stories, show that every human suffering is different. And the ending shows that there’s no such thing like a clean ending when social connections are involved.

Heft is a show case of characters.

Heft, Liz Moore, Hutchinson 2012

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