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 hapiness when hope seems lost. Readers will laugh, cry, and love Truluv"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781400069903
Characteristics: 222 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Arthur Truluv

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Three remarkably different individuals find their way through love and loss in this absolutely delightful story from Elizabeth Berg. Berg will make you think about family and what defines a family, and how the right people often appear when we need them the most. Leanne


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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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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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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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