Nov 25, 2020
The Story of Arthur Truluv
Posted by Elizabeth Berg

A beautiful, life affirming novel about a remarkably loving man who creates for himself and others second chances at happiness.A moving novel about three people who find their way back from loss and loneliness to a different kind of happiness Arthur, a widow, meets Maddy, a troubled teenage girl who is avoiding school by hiding out at the cemetery, where Arthur goes everyA beautiful, life affirming novel about a remarkably loving man who creates for himself and others second chances at happiness.A moving novel about three people who find their way back from loss and loneliness to a different kind of happiness Arthur, a widow, meets Maddy, a troubled teenage girl who is avoiding school by hiding out at the cemetery, where Arthur goes every day for lunch to have imaginary conversations with his late wife, and think about the lives of others The two strike up a friendship that draws them out of isolation Maddy gives Arthur the name Truluv, for his loving and positive responses to every outrageous thing she says or does With Arthur s nosy neighbor Lucille, they create a loving and unconventional family, proving that life s most precious moments are sweeter when shared.

  • Title: The Story of Arthur Truluv
  • Author: Elizabeth Berg
  • ISBN: 9781400069903
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Story of Arthur Truluv A beautiful life affirming novel about a remarkably loving man who creates for himself and others second chances at happiness A moving novel about three people who find their way back from loss and l

    Diane S ☔

    3.5 It is hard not to absolutely adore Arthur, an 82 year old gentlemen He misses his wife terribly, she passed on the year before ands everyday he goes to the cemetery, taking his lunch and lawn chair, to spend time by her grave This is where he meets Maddy, 17, doesn t seem to fit in anywhere, not at home where it is just her and her father and certainly not at school Lillian, is Arthur s elderly next door neighbor, she bakes the most amazing things, but is lonely These three people will come [...]


    Liz

    Every now and then I need to take a break from the mysteries and find something that reminds me how sweet life can be This book fits the bill Arthur is an 85 year old widow who visits his wife s cemetery plot every day for lunch There, he meets Maddy, a 17 year old who is unpopular and doesn t have much of a family life Lucille is Arthur s elderly neighbor who has never been married Berg does a wonderful job capturing the pain of bullying My heart just went out to Maddy She wonders what her fune [...]


    Angela M

    It s sweet, predictably sad yet uplifting , maybe a little sappy , and I loved reading it Nothing earth shattering happens except in the small world of eighty five year Arthur who has lost his wife and seventeen year old Maddy who lost her mother at birth and loses her father to his grief They meet at the cemetery where Arthur visits his wife s grave every day toting his lawn chair and lunch and talking to his beloved Nola Maddy goes there to escape the kids from school who hate her and to suffe [...]


    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    4 sweet, feel good, true love stars to The Story of Arthur Truluv I listened to the audio of this special story, which was narrated by the author, Elizabeth Berg Her voice and inflection suited the storytelling perfectly At first Arthur seemed a little quirky even a little Ove y , but then when he was fleshed out , he became a true gentleman in my eyes Arthur is a widower in his 80s who meets Maddy, a teenager going through emotional turmoil due to bullying and lack of friends at school and the [...]


    Karen G

    There are three people who this story is about.Arthur Moses Truluv , a sweet widower, 85 yrs old.Maddy, a 17 yr old senior in high school, lost her mother to a car accident shortly after her birth, very unpopular at school, a loner.Lucille, an elderly neighbor of Arthur s that has never been married and is quite boisterous and a great baker.Sad circumstances bring these three lonely people together and it s a beautiful story Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for the ARC


    Esil

    A high 4 stars I so enjoyed reading The Story of Arthur Truluv It s a short snapshot of what one hopes the world can be like for lonely people who find their way to each other Arthur is an octogenarian who has lunch at his wife s grave every day Maddie is an almost 18 year old lost soul who seeks refuge in the cemetery on many days instead of having lunch in her school cafeteria Lucille is Arthur s neighbour, a retired teacher, a fanatical baker and lonely as hell Through circumstance and person [...]


    Debra

    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 lie in our hearts This is a book about three individuals who have relatively little in common but find themselves bound together in an unconventional but loving family Arthur Moses a.k.a Truluv, is an 85 year old man who goes to the cemetery each day to have lunch with his deceased wife A [...]


    abby

    This book makes overtures to the popular A Man Called Ove complete with childless widower, cat annoyance, bossy neighbor, and bittersweet life lessons learned all around but with a mere fraction of the charm.Arthur Moses visits his wife s grave every day He doesn t have much human contact outside of his neighbor, Lucille, who is a general irritation to him even if she does bake amazing cookies Every day at the graveyard, he is surrounded by the stories of the deceased to keep him company Then he [...]


    Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    Arthur Moses misses his wife so badly that he goes to the cemetery every single day to have lunch with her One day he spots a young girl there and the two of them become unlikely friends Maddy is the young girl that has had a sorta bad life Her mom died when Maddy was just a couple of weeks old and her dad is very unemotional towards Maddy I felt this was kinda lameI ve seen and read way serious life problems but what do I know.t much I do know I thought one part of Maddy s story was funky view [...]


    Margitte

    A cemetry in Mason, Missouri, became the place where 85 year old Arthur Moses and 17 year old Maddy Harris would meet and turn their lives around Among the gravestones, where Arthur ate lunch every day with his deceased wife Nola, and troubled Maddy found solace against the cruelties of high school and her lonely life at home, two souls collided unexpectedly Maddy had to withstand the onslaught of the students who loved to be entertained by cruelty and chose her as their target She also endured [...]


    Cheri

    We all know that something is eternal And it ain t houses and it ain t names, and it ain t earth, and it ain t even the stars everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings Thorton Wilder, Our TownIt was six months ago, in November, the month when Arthur s beloved wife Nola was buried, and he s had a lunch date with her every day since He heads to the cemetery on the bus, strolls his way through the headstones before he sits by her, somet [...]


    Sherri Thacker

    Oh what a fabulous book this was For some reason, I am attracted to books with older characters as the main characters There s just something about books with 70 and 80 year olds in them LOL I loved this book from the very first page to the last I loved this along with these others who had older people as the main storyline The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, A Man Called Ove, The One in a Million Boy, Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk and Driving Miss Norma They are all feel good stories which this [...]


    ☮Karen

    Some of my greatest reading pleasures have come from Elizabeth Berg, so I was very happy to receive an uncorrected proof on Kindle of her latest offering from NetGalley and Random House Now that I ve finished, I wish I had the actual book so I could give it a big bear hug I ve never hugged my tablet before, but I guess I could start now.No, it s just not the same but will suffice for now.There seems to be a trend, as the population ages, for books about old folks, and I found myself comparing Ar [...]


    JanB

    4.5 stars It s been a while since I was so taken and charmed by a book Berg has created a memorable cast of characters and Arthur especially will win your heart When life gets you down this is the book to read that will restore your faith in human goodness Better yet, don t wait and read it now It will leave you with a full heart, a lump in your throat, and a tear in your eye Octogenarian Arthur Moses is lonely The highlight of his day is visiting his late wife s graveside where he chats with he [...]


    Marialyce

    This was a sweet charming book about how one does not to be related by blood to be a family.Artur Trulov is a older man who visits his beloved wife s grave everyday and brings his lunch and a chair to share some time with her Arthur tends his roses and shares his time with Gordon his cat and briefly shares time with his neighbor, Lucille Maddie Harris finds peace wandering the graveyard where she sees and finally meets and speaks to Arthur She is a troubled teen having lost her mother when she w [...]


    Fictionophile

    Not since A man called Ove have I been so charmed by a book The story of Arthur Truluv is one of those novels that give you a book hangover you don t want to start another book because you are still living in that book s world He s an old man living an old man s life Arthur Moses is an eighty five year old widower He hasn t been a widower very long and his grief is still raw and fresh He was one of those fortunate people who marry the love of their life and stay in love until death does them par [...]


    Bam

    Ok, I m a sucker for these kinds of feel good books So full of heart and love And no, it is NOT to be compared to A Man Called Ove Arthur Moses is an eighty five year old widower and retired groundskeeper living in Mason, Missouri, who visits his beloved deceased wife every day in the cemetery and has lunch with her Arthur often looks at what is written on a tombstone nearby and imagines the life story of whomever is buried there He wants to know who is keeping his wife company, after all Very r [...]


    Cathrine ☯️

    4 sIn her acknowledgements the author writes that she hopes readers will see beyond the simple words on the page to the complex meanings behind them I believe most of us will This goes down easy like bittersweet hot chocolate for the soul and at only 240 pages a perfect read for the times and the season upon us It encourages you to slow down, smile, be kind, be mindful of your place in time, be a helper when you can.It relaxed and soothed my overtaxed emotions and spirit A reading gift given an [...]


    Zoe

    Powerful, poignant, and charming The Story of Arthur Truluv is a touching novel that reminds us that life should be lived to the fullest and that family can be any unit created by love and not limited to those related by blood.The story is told from three different points of view Arthur, a kind hearted widow whose loneliness is palpable and who spends the better part of his days at the graveside of his late wife Maddie, a troubled teenager, struggling with bullies at school and an apathetic fath [...]


    Cindy Burnett

    3.5 starsThe Story of Arthur Truluv is uplifting, sweet, and a good addition to what I like to call The Man Called Ove genre The characters are likeable, and the story is entertaining and moves along at a good pace While I liked the book, I didn t love it The message is fabulous the power of people to impact those around them It is certainly worth reading if you are looking for a touching story however A Man Called Ove and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine resonated with me I received an adva [...]


    Stephanie Anze

    3.5 rounded up to 4Since Arthur lost his wife Nola six months prior, he visits her at her grave Bringing his chair and lunch everyday, he sits and tells Nola about his day On one of these visits he spots Maddy, a seventeen year old high school student Initially, they just briefly acknowledge each other but gradually they get to know each other better Maddy is struggling at school and at home and is taken by how much Arthur still loves his wife She nicknames him Truluv and soon they become friend [...]


    Judy Collins

    The 30 Best Books of 2017 Loved this book Talented storyteller Elizabeth Berg returns followingThe Dream Loverand Make Someone Happy Favorite Postings with one of her most charming books yet, THE STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV.Emotional and compelling, mixed with humor three unlikely souls with their loss, find solace in one another in this heartwarming tale.Arthur Moses wife, Nola passed six months earlier He has a routine He tends to his cat Gordon, his rose garden, and takes the bus to the cemetery w [...]


    Kathleen

    I enjoyed this feel good story about a sweet 85 year old gentleman, Arthur Moses Truluv , 83 year old neighbour, Lucille Howard, and 17 year old Maddy Harris, who has been motherless since she was little.Arthur loves his wife dearly and makes daily visits to the cemetery to eat lunch by her graveside Maddy visits the cemetery to escape the other kids at school They meet at the cemetery and one rainy day Arthur invites her to his home Moved by Arthur s kindness and devotion, Maddy gives him the n [...]


    Patrice Hoffman

    First of all, let me pat myself on the back for flying through this novel so quickly It appears lately no matter how much I love or hate a novel, I still read it at snail s pace This time was different I came, I read, I reviewed, then conquered With that out of the way let s get to it The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg is the second novel I ve read from her Berg introduces us to Arthur, Maddy, and Lucille Each going through life, alone so to speak, but determined to make it better With [...]


    Antoinette

    3.5 STARSThis is a sweet, lovable comfort read It is definitely a feel good book We meet Arthur, an 85 year old gentleman, who goes to the cemetery everyday to be with his deceased wife He meets Maddy there an ostracized, lonely almost 18 year old Into this mix, we throw in Lucille, Arthur s elderly neighbor, who like the other two, is all alone and lonely These three form a bond and connection This book is about loneliness and the need to belong and be loved The author does a lovely job letting [...]


    Jamie

    The world could surely use people like Arthur Moses in it


    Cheryl

    Mandy is a high school senior whose mother has died She now feels estranged from her withdrawn father Bullied and ostracized by her classmates, she often seeks refuge at the town cemetery where she takes photographs and relishes the peace she finds there.Arthur is an elderly widower whose life revolves around his daily visits to his wife s grave at the cemetery He finds peace and comfort in these visits.Lucille is Arthur s elderly neighbor She has never been married and regrets that life seems t [...]


    Gina *loves sunshine*

    This story is very sweet and heartwarming, I enjoyed it a ton Lots of reviews on this reference A man Called Ove, which was a favorite book of mine The similarities are there because Arthur is an old man who treasures his routine, his wife, and his traditional ways A wonderful generation of people who have quick wit and love to point out the obvious differences between the baby boomers and the rest of us Those one liners kept this book exciting I really enjoyed both Arthur and Lucille, each with [...]


    Karen

    When we first meet Arthur and Maddy, it is in a graveyard Arthur is visiting his deceased wife, love of his life Nola s grave, eating lunch with her as he does every day He has a quirky habit of trying to get to know Nola s neighbors , surmising who they were in life Maddy is a bright yet troubled and lonely girl who is treated cruelly at school and skipping out the day she meets Arthur Sitting in the cemetery is a safe haven from her sad life of bullies and a detached father Although worlds apa [...]


    Celia

    The Story of Arthur Truluv is a book by Elizabeth Berg which Random House expects to publish in July of 2017.It is the story of three people who have all lost a loved one But the three improbably come together to support each other and learn how to live again One is Arthur, age 82, the second is Maddy, age 18, and the third is Arthur s nosy neighbor, Lucille, a spinster of undetermined old age.Elizabeth Berg has written a lovely story and has further enhanced it with beautiful phrasing and true [...]



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