Author: Liz Moore
Genre: Fiction, Standalone
Personal Rating: 4/5 (very good)
Kirby Heyborne & Keith Szarabajka
Yearly Count: 107
Arthur Opp is a 58-year-old, retired professor. His weight has encouraged his reclusiveness and yet he still desires a life with others. A once-upon-a-time friendship with Charlene (from his teaching days) continued through sparse letters is what keeps Arthur hopeful. Charlene calls Arthur one day and tells him about her teenaged son Kel.
I loved all parts Arthur! I listened to the audio version and just loved him. I didn't realize that Kel was the other focus in the book when I started listening to it (prior book knowledge minimalist that I am), so it was a surprise to delve into his life. I learned to like him too, but always wanted to get back to Arthur.
The flawed characters were not outlandish. Their hearts were exposed and life befuddled them -- all of which made them feel very real and endearing. Moore does an excellent job with both characters, and I look forward to reading more of her work.
My thanks go to W. W. Norton & Company and NetGalley for sending me this eGalley.