The Story of Arthur Truluv

The Story of Arthur Truluv

A Novel

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 cemetary, 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
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9781400069903
1400069904
Characteristics: 222 pages

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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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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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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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