The Story of Arthur Truluv

The Story of Arthur Truluv

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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, New York : Random House, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781400069903
Characteristics: 222 pages ;,22 cm.

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A life-affirming novel about love, loss, and second chances.

Every day at lunchtime, Arthur visits and talks to his beloved late wife, in his imagination. Then a surprising encounter changes his life. Arthur meets Maddy, a troubled teenager who is avoiding school and wrestling with loneliness an... Read More »


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burdeckija
Dec 27, 2018

Recommended by ? at the Help Center. Reserve this one next.

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Einer2
Dec 23, 2018

A lovely heart warming story!

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maipenrai
Dec 21, 2018

What a wonderful story of the nature of family. That truth is that family is constituted by the people who nurture, love, and care for each other. Biology often has little to do with it. No matter how old we are we can build a family and find hope. Highly recommend this heartwarming novel. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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LibraryLES
Dec 13, 2018

I love Elizabeth Berg and this one did not disappoint! Short and quick read but loved it!

ruthelaine7 Dec 12, 2018

I absolutely loved this book! If we could all have the love, kindness, and caring that Arthur shows, our world would be a better place. And I would love to have an Arthur in my life. Three lonely people who find each other and become an untraditional family. I was fascinated by Arthur's trips to the cemetery where he visited his wife daily. He would stop by other gravesite and "feel" that person's life. The descriptions, insightful and funny, about that deceased person makes you realize that life is the "dash" between the birth and death dates on the tombstone.

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Jersey_Girl
Dec 07, 2018

I liked the comment from pktab....."Truly a moving and thoughtful book." Yes it was! Very sweet without being "sickly sweet". If you know what I mean. I really felt my heart going out to Arthur (called Truluv by Maddy), Maddy and Lucille. "People" I found myself truly caring about. I have read many of Elizabeth Berg's books and this was a real winner! Read and enjoy.

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pktab
Sep 10, 2018

Initially I wasn't going to read this book, not my "cup of tea". However, after getting started, I zoomed through it in a day! Truly a moving, thoughtful book. I loved the words in this story. I loved everything about it actually!

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darladoodles
Aug 30, 2018

A heartwarming tale about ordinary people who do extraordinary things for others by caring and helping them when they need it. Reminds me of "A Man Called Ove." Looking forward to the sequel!

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_Amazon_
Jul 17, 2018

This tale is so sweet and lovely. Elizabeth Berg always details beautifully the stuff of everyday life, with relatable characters and evocative descriptions. This is one of my favorites of hers, along with Durable Goods and Joy School.

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Javacat7
Jun 04, 2018

A sweet book about good people with failings who try their best and find and help each other. It's done very well, so, engaging and not eye-rolly. Gentle advice given to the teenager in the story, which, like Mr. Rogers, is good in both meanings, and we all can use at any age. In the era of Drumpf, sometimes I need a book like this. Happy-sad tears in a good way by the ending.

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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."

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cknightkc
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

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cknightkc
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

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cknightkc
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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Jun 22, 2018

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