â€śA stunningly sad and heroically hopeful tale. . . . This is a beautiful novel about relationships of the most makeshift kind.â€ťâ€”O, The Oprah MagazineArthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasnâ€™t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away, in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball careerâ€”if he can untangle himself from his difficult family life. The link between this unlikely pair is Kelâ€™s mother, Charlene, a former student of Arthurâ€™s. After nearly two decades of silence, it is Charleneâ€™s unexpected phone call to Arthurâ€”a plea for helpâ€”that shatters their isolation. Told with warmth and intelligence through Arthur and Kelâ€™s own quirky and lovable voices, Heft is the story of two improbable heroes whose connection transforms both their lives. It is a memorable, heartbreaking, and ultimately redemptive novel about finding sustenance and friendship in the most surprising places.