The Story of Arthur Truluv

The Story of Arthur Truluv

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"For the past six months, Arthur Moses's days have looked the same: He tends to his rose garden and to Gordon, his cat, then rides the bus to the cemetery to visit his beloved late wife for lunch. The last thing Arthur would imagine is for one unlikely encounter to utterly transform his life. Eighteen-year-old Maddy Harris is an introspective girl who visits the cemetery to escape the other kids at school. One afternoon she joins Arthur--a gesture that begins a surprising friendship between two lonely souls. Moved by Arthur's kindness and devotion, Maddy gives him the nickname "Truluv." As Arthur's neighbor Lucille moves into their orbit, the unlikely trio band together and, through heartache and hardships, help one another rediscover their own potential to start anew. Wonderfully written and full of profound observations about life, The Story of Arthur Truluv is a beautiful and moving novel of compassion in the face of loss, of the small acts that turn friends into family, and of the possibilities to achieve happiness at any age."--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781400069903
Branch Call Number: FIC BERG 2017
Characteristics: 222 pages ; 22 cm


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Making daily visits to the grave of his beloved late wife, Arthur forges unexpected relationships with a nosy neighbor and a troubled teen who dubs him "Truluv" before the trio discovers healing and family together. (NoveList)

Arthur meets Maddy when he’s visiting his dead wife in the cemetery; he eats lunch there every day. Maddy is a high school senior who’s got a hopeless crush on a jerk. Warm-hearted Arthur reaches out to Maddy in a totally open way, as Maddy’s parents seem uninvolved at best. The Story of Arthur T... Read More »

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Sep 13, 2020

Having stumbled upon this novel by chance I had no idea what to expect. I look for historical novels to switch back and forth from one of my greatest loves, historical mysteries. Recently I’ve been reading Paul Doiron’s Maine Game Warden novels which are brilliant but sometimes rather heavy slogging and I started this novel. I struggled through the first couple of dozen pages and thought it wasn’t for me. However, true to my nature I decided to wait a few days and approach it again. And, I am so happy I did. This is an absolutely engrossing novel. I can only highly recommend that you read it. I have found a new author in Elizabeth Berg and I look forward to reading as many of her novels that are available in ebook form, given our covid19 restrictions and the fact that ebooks are such a blessing for those of us who enjoy larger and brighter print to read.

Aug 08, 2020

I "truly loved" this novel. it is a story of pure love - a love between an old man who is mourning his wife and a young girl who is mourning a mother she barely knew. Thrown in for good measure is a friendly but bossy neighbour, Lucille and a temperamental cat, Gordon. The book ends on a happy note and i would heartily recommend it to anyone who wants a brief story which warms the cockles of the heart.

Jun 02, 2020

This was a refreshing book about love and kindness when people are on the verge of despair. Arthur, Maddy and Lucille are all going through difficult times and they decide to come together. They let down their guards and this unlikely group look to the good in each other and start new lives together. Berg's writing is always a pleasure to read.

Feb 13, 2020

This is such a wonderful book! As I had assumed what I believed would be the path that the ending would take, I was concerned that the book would end on a depressing note, but it was a perfectly written ending. I'm now starting the next book in the series, "Night of Miracles", and so far it is also a quick, heart touching read.

Jan 08, 2020

This is a one-of-a-kind heartwarming story that you don't want to miss. Berg does an amazing job bringing each character to life in a way that makes the reader connect in certain ways to each one. I didn't want the story to end, but it ends well.

Sep 22, 2019

Author Elizabeth Berg has won literary prizes for her books, novels; and many of her titles have been translated into other languages. Berg is a New York Times bestselling author.

This is the first TITLE in a Series of 3 titles thru yr 2019. series name Mason.
The 2nd in the series is title Night of Miracles. 3d is Confession Club. thru yr 2019.

This novel Arthur Truluv ... is a friendly reading plot, easy reading; the plot is set with emotional richness and a motivation by its characters, of differing ages, who try to live their lives with respect for living, and respect for those loved who have left this world.

It is a refreshing change in a plot ---- to have older age of characters, --- to have several main characters in their eighties; (age), active, inspirational, and wise in some ways of the world.
And the bright, and emotionally complex, teenager, talented, so alone....but...

May 17, 2019

Absolutely loved this book; so many happy moments and terribly sad ones but a book that made you think about what is really important in life. Arthur is an elderly man who visits his dearly departed wife each day at the cemetery where he shares a talk and a sandwich then returns home to an empty house. One day, while at the cemetery, he sees a young girl and eventually they become friends. And then he invites her to share his house along with a neighbour across the road. They become a family, sharing their lives. A wonderful ending as well. Could read it again.

Apr 03, 2019

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Mar 16, 2019

The Story of Arthur Truluv is un-put-downable. It very much reminds me of some of the gentle books coming from Swedish authors lately.

The Story of Arthur Truluv is about three very different people lost and struggling through their own lives, each drowning a bit more each day. When they find their way to each other they each blossom. There are many sad issues in the book, but they are dealt with kindness and gentleness and ultimately they are genuinely uplifting.

What is it that makes a family? Certainly no document does, no legal pronouncement or accident of birth. No, real families come from the choices we make about about who we want to be bound to, and the ties to such families live in our hearts.

The Story of Arthur Truluv is the perfect way to start the new year reading, reminding us there is and can be so much more kindness and courtesy in the world than we see and hear on our 'devices' from the perpetually babbling 'experts' and 'celebrities'.

Mar 09, 2019

What a great story. A must read.

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May 17, 2019

Arthur speaking; "Nola once told me she wished people could be stars in the sky and look down on those that they loved. I always wished that could be so. Let's you and I pretend it's true, even if it isn't, would that be okay with you?"
Maddy nods, her throat tight.
"And after I die, why, you look up in the sky for two stars, real close together. That will be Nola and me. Those stars will be so close together, it'll look like they are one, but they'll be two. Me, and then just to my right, Nola. Look up at us sometimes."

JCLCherylMY May 17, 2018

"It is happening more and more often, this kind of thing. It is happening more and more that when he stands beside a grave, his hat in his hand, part of a person's life story reaches him like the yeasty scent from the bakery he passes every day on his way to the bus stop. He stares at the slightly depressed earth over Adelaide's grave and here comes the pretty white lace dress she loved best, the inequality in the size of her eyes so light brown they were almost yellow. Tea-colored. It comes that her voice was high and clear, that she was shy to sing for her husband, but did so anyway. She did it at night, after they'd gone to bed; the night before she died, she lay in the darkness beside him and sang 'Jeannine, I Dream of Lilac Time.'" pg 4.

JCLCherylMY May 17, 2018

"He cares about words. He taught her one of her favorite words: hiraeth, a Welsh word that means a homesickness for a home you cannot return to, or that maybe never was; it means nostalgia and yearning and grief for lost places."

Feb 14, 2018

“What is it that makes a family? Certainly no document does, no legal pronouncement or accident of birth. No, real families come from choices we make about who we want to be bound to, and the ties to such families live in our hearts.” - p. 200

Feb 14, 2018

“Actors, painters, dancers, comedians, even just ordinary people doing ordinary things, what are they without an audience of some sort? See, that's what I do. I am the audience. I am the witness, I am the great appreciator that's what I do and that's all I want to do. I worked for a lot of years. I did a lot of things for a lot of years. Now, here I am in the rocking chair, and I don't mind it… I don't feel useless. I feel lucky.” - p. 128

Feb 14, 2018

“Arthur thinks that, above all, aging means the abandonment of criticism and the taking on of compassionate acceptance.” - p. 18


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