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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2017.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400069903
Branch Call Number: FIC Berg
Characteristics: 222 p. ; 22 cm.

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smc01 Jan 02, 2018

Such a lovely story. All I can say is that my heart was full when I read this book. A great choice for people who loved A Man Called Ove. Arthur is the opposite of Ove's curmudgeon - he is sweet, generous, loving and kind. But he has lost his wife and he builds a community of unlikely people who ... Read More »


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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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almo52
May 28, 2018

This is a wonderful book. Everyone should have an Arthur in there lives.

JCLCherylMY May 17, 2018

A wonderful story of family, grief, and "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." Highly recommend.

DCLadults Apr 29, 2018

This story starts out rather sad but as the three main characters become a family the story becomes very heartwarming. As has been said, the plot is similar to A Man Called Ove only Arthur is not the cantankerous curmudgeon. The neighbor, Lucille is a stereotypical busybody and spices up the story. The descriptions of her baking are mouthwatering. It was comforting to see Maddie, a high school senior turn her life around and the power of the love & understanding she gets from the other 2 characters.

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jansan64081
Apr 28, 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.

Lots of favorite quotes from this book, especially this one. Simple, well written book. My favorite read so far this year.

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wyenotgo
Apr 12, 2018

A "feel-good" story, a bit overly sentimental for my taste and somewhat formulaic but deftly handled. Lightweight material, somewhat reminiscent of a Mitch Albom story. But Albom does it better.

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1_Great_Book
Apr 09, 2018

One of the best discoveries of the year. Highly recommend. An intergenerational inspiration and it will remain with you long after the last page is turned.

lindab1111 Apr 02, 2018

A quiet story of friendship, grieving and moving on.

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suthy
Mar 19, 2018

This book was lovely. Arthur Truluv is a wonderful, sweet, and gentle man. It is such a gentle read.

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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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