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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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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abbydog2
Mar 18, 2018

Highly recommend this sweet, charming book. Great characters.

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telger
Feb 22, 2018

I love Truluv! Reminds me of Ove but only gentler and more loveable!

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cknightkc
Feb 14, 2018

What makes a family? THE STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV answers this question in a heartwarming tale about an unlikely bond forged by Arthur and Lucille, 2 lonely octogenarians, and a troubled teenage girl. Author Elizabeth Berg has liberally sprinkled this story with gentle observations that recognize and celebrate the extraordinary in ordinary lives. In our current chaotic world I liken this short fiction to comfort food, a little sugary (like Lucille’s desserts), which can be easily digested in 2-3 sittings. And with “True Love” in the title it only seems fitting to recommend this gem of a book on Valentine’s Day.

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JILLYJELLY
Feb 13, 2018

Loved this book! Very touching without being smarmy. Great story.

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Butterfly121761
Jan 26, 2018

Lump in my throat several times in this book. Its a charming story and very hard to not fall in love with Arthur Truluv. It is a story about Truluv!
But in all honesty don't think I'd read another one by same author :-)

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Librarian5280
Jan 21, 2018

If you haven't yet read this book, please do. It is an especially heartwarming story for precarious times.

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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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