Review by Maggie:
Arthur Opp is nearly 600 lbs and has not left his Brooklyn brownstone in nearly ten years. Fortunately for him he owns his home and has a trust fund that enables him to have all the food he wants delivered to his home. Although he was always misfit he was an academic before becoming a recluse. He kept up a correspondence with a former student but has not heard from her in years. Out of the blue he gets a letter and she wants to visit with him----Arthur feels he must warn her about his living conditions (he has not been upstairs in his house in many years climbing stairs is too difficult) but he welcomes the idea of being back in touch. She has secrets of her own---one being she has a teenage son-----
Soon Arthur has cleaning lady that he develops a friendship with and we then hear of his back story. In the meantime, the novel alternates between Arthur’s life and the tale of Kel the teenage son of his former student. It is easy to like Arthur and I found his sections more interesting than Kel the teenage boy. It is a very compelling read----one cannot help but like Arthur.