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The Story of Arthur Truluv

The Story of Arthur Truluv

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Book - 2017
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"Truluv is a moving novel about three people who have lost the person they love most, and must find their way back to happiness. Arthur, a widower, meets Maddy, an angry and friendless teenage girl, while visiting his late wife at the cemetery, where he goes every day for lunch. Against all odds, the two strike up a friendship that pulls them out of a serious rut. They band together with Arthur's nosy neighbor Lucille, to create lives that are truly worth living. Proving that life's most precious moments are sweeter when shared, they go from strangers, to friends, to an untraditional but loving family. Betrayal, loneliness, romance and family are at the heart of this honey of a book, a must-read for fans of Elizabeth Berg's early work. This is a story about life being affirmed at all ages, old and young, and about finding happiness when hope seems lost. Readers will laugh, cry, and love Truluv"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781400069903
Call Number: F BERG ELI
Characteristics: 222 pages ; 22 cm


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In a small Missouri town, a widower finds solace by reaching out to other troubled souls.

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Feb 20, 2021

Good book. I do not intend to read the other books in the series.

Jan 30, 2021

A lovely, encouraging read. I wasn't entirely convinced by any of them. They were all too nice and forgiving. When she introduced the characters it was obvious that the potential was there for all of them to grate on each other; but they were universally forgiving and loving. I think this story would have been more real and more entertaining if she had included squabbling and resolution. These people are just too perfect to be believed. This is not as good as Fredrik Bachman.

Dec 13, 2020

This is a witty feel good read and contribution to intergenerational literature. If only young people would give this story a chance, I am sure they would open their hearts to the youthfulness and wisdom of the elderly, the value in the contents of books, and so much more. Hey, the same applies to anyone who is looking to read a witty, light hearted book. Kindness and love always win out. There is no doubt that this book would be a welcomed gift for anyone, any day of the year!

JCLBreAnnaB Dec 03, 2020

Though it is a fairly light read, Elizabeth Berg has such a way of interspersing the profound so that even if you cannot relate to the specifics of a character, you can relate to the reflections on life in general. Looking forward to reading Night of Miracles, a continuation of characters from "Arthur Truluv".

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...

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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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