The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

The Story of Arthur Truluv

A beautiful, life-affirming novel about a remarkably loving man who creates for himself and others second chances at happiness.A moving novel about three people who find their way back from loss and loneliness to a different kind of happiness. Arthur, a widow, meets Maddy, a troubled teenage girl who is avoiding school by hiding out at the cemetery, where Arthur goes every day for lunch to have imaginary conversations with his late wife, and thin...

Details The Story of Arthur Truluv

TitleThe Story of Arthur Truluv
Release DateJul 25th, 2017
PublisherRandom House
Number of pages240 pages
GenreFiction, Adult Fiction, Adult

Reviews The Story of Arthur Truluv

  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 It is hard not to absolutely adore Arthur, an 82 year old gentlemen. He misses his wife terribly, she passed on the year before ands everyday he goes to the cemetery, taking his lunch and lawn chair, to spend time by her grave. This is where he meets Maddy, 17, doesn't seem to fit in anywhere, not at home where it is just her and her father and certainly not at school. Lillian, is Arthur's elderly next door neighbor, she bakes the most amazin...
  • Karen
    There are three people who this story is about.Arthur Moses (Truluv), a sweet widower, 85 yrs old.Maddy, a 17 yr old senior in high school, lost her mother to a car accident shortly after her birth, very unpopular at school, a loner.Lucille, an elderly neighbor of Arthur's that has never been married and is quite boisterous and a great baker.Sad circumstances bring these three lonely people together and it's a beautiful story! Thank you to Random...
  • Angela M
    It's sweet, predictably sad yet uplifting , maybe a little sappy , and I loved reading it ! Nothing earth shattering happens except in the small world of eighty five year Arthur who has lost his wife and seventeen year old Maddy who lost her mother at birth and loses her father to his grief. They meet at the cemetery where Arthur visits his wife's grave every day toting his lawn chair and lunch and talking to his beloved Nola. Maddy goes there to...
  • Abby
    This book makes overtures to the popular A Man Called Ove-- complete with childless widower, cat annoyance, bossy neighbor, and bittersweet life lessons learned all around-- but with a mere fraction of the charm.Arthur Moses visits his wife's grave every day. He doesn't have much human contact outside of his neighbor, Lucille, who is a general irritation to him even if she does bake amazing cookies. Every day at the graveyard, he is surrounded by...
  • ☮Karen
    Some of my greatest reading pleasures have come from Elizabeth Berg, so I was very happy to receive an uncorrected proof on Kindle of her latest offering from NetGalley and Random House. Now that I've finished, I wish I had the actual book so I could give it a big bear hug. I've never hugged my tablet before, but I guess I could start now....No, it's just not the same but will suffice for now.There seems to be a trend, as the population ages, for...
  • Sharon Metcalf
    3.5 stars This was a lovely short read which I happily devoured in one session.    It was a touching account of octagenarian Arthur and the life he created for himself in the  months after his dearly beloved wife Nola passed away.      It was also the story of teenaged Maddy who had lived a lonesome and somewhat unhappy life with her single father,  and for reasons unknown had become victim to the school bullies .   And there was Lili...
  • Toni
    Well, Elizabeth Berg, you"re back with a hit! Arthur (Truluv) Moses and his great story in the winter of his life brings the Spring into mine! Wonderful, enchanting characters that lift from the page and move into your heart. Even boisterous Lucille, slightly loud, a mean baker, and energy for three people. Maddy, lovely, young and lonely, she lost her Mom two weeks after she was born, and her father doesn't quite know how to raise a girl, let al...
  • Sam Sattler
    Arthur, a man in his mid-eighties, has lunch with his wife Nola every day of the week. No big deal, you are probably thinking. Where else is a man of that age more likely to have lunch than at home with his wife? In Arthur’s case, it’s not quite that simple. Nola, you see, is dead, so Arthur brings his lunch and a little folding chair to the cemetery every noontime so that he can talk to Nola while eating. Some would say that Arthur is pretty...
  • Sue Fernandez
    Thank you to Net Galley and Random House Publishing for an ARC of this title. All opinions are my own. I have long loved books by Elizabeth Berg. This title initially had me scratching my head, but once you find out how that came to be, that is out of the way. Family isn't just blood, and I believe we can all learn from each other on this journey...during bad and good times. This book is about that, it's about aging, growing up, making the best w...
  • Amanda
    I received an advance copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. When I first picked this book up, I wasn't sold. It took me 40 pages or so to settle into the story and start enjoying it. I don't think I can express how glad I am that I decided to stick with it. This is a simple, beautiful story of a person who is truly good, kind without any ulterior motives, and the world needs so much more of that type of positivity. The friendship between Art...
  • Bluerose's Heart
    The content kept me from truly enjoying this book. The F-word is used frequently. (There's also a few sex references.) This is a short, very quick read, so it's a lot packed into such a small story. (Yes, I've been called a prude plenty of times. ;) I'm not judging anyone else, though, I assure you.) Aside from the content, it is a nice choice for a rainy day. It has its sweet moments. (Arthur is the best!) It also has its annoying moments! It's ...
  • Karen
    THE STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV Written by ELIZABETH BERGYou can always count on Elizabeth Berg to give you a peaceful, gentle setting where life seems nostalgic and simpler. She has created a loveable character in eighty-five year old Arthur Moses. His daily routine brings him to visiting his wife Nola in the cemetery who has recently passed away. Arthur brings his lunch and comes equipped with his fold up chair. He is eighty-five years old and has n...
  • Celia
    The Story of Arthur Truluv is a book by Elizabeth Berg which Random House expects to publish in July of 2017.It is the story of three people who have all lost a loved one. But the three improbably come together to support each other and learn how to live again. One is Arthur, age 82, the second is Maddy, age 18, and the third is Arthur’s nosy neighbor, Lucille, a spinster of undetermined old age.Elizabeth Berg has written a lovely story and has...
  • Cheryl
    Mandy is a high school senior whose mother has died. She now feels estranged from her withdrawn father. Bullied and ostracized by her classmates, she often seeks refuge at the town cemetery where she takes photographs and relishes the peace she finds there.Arthur is an elderly widower whose life revolves around his daily visits to his wife’s grave at the cemetery. He finds peace and comfort in these visits.Lucille is Arthur’s elderly neighbor...
  • Lynn Jarrett
    Elizabeth Berg has once again woven her magic with another great read. This time it is about life between a teenager and two elderly adults. All three have suffered devastating tragedies in their lives and yet they have found a way to blend their lives together to find contentment. Berg has a wonderful way of describing her characters and their interactions with each other. You seem to be able to identify a little bit of yourself in each characte...
  • Cathe Olson
    An elderly widower, Arthur and his heartbroken elderly neighbor, Lucille form an unlikely friendship with a teenage misfit. While this seems a bit of a Man Called Ove wannabee, it was a sweet, albeit predictable story that provides a nice escape for a few hours. The next part contains a bit of a SPOILER so if you haven't read the book, you can stop reading here (though this comes up fairly early on in the book):I gotta know -- wasn't anyone else ...
  • Janet
    Arthur, a spry eighty-five-year young man, has lunch with his wife Nola every day of the week. He brings his lunch and a little folding chair to the cemetery every noontime so that he can talk to Nola while eating. He stops to visit her neighbors, reading their headstones and imagining the lives they had lived when alive. Some would say that Arthur is pretty obviously ready to give in and join Nola in her heavenly abode – and maybe there’s so...
  • Betty
    What a truly delightful read! It’s like “A Man Called Ove” but without the crabbiness. Arthur Moses, 85, has lunch each day with his wife Nola – at the cemetery. Nola has been dead six months. Arthur is a truly sweet man and has a positive attitude toward pretty much everything.Eighteen-year-old Maddy often visits the cemetery to get away from the other kids at school. It is here that Arthur and Maddy meet and develop an unusual friendshi...
  • Stacy McCain
    THE STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV by Elizabeth Berg is a beautiful piece of fiction that will last in your heart long after the last page. In this short novel, Berg develops three big characters and shows that despite their age difference, the size of a person's heart isn't dependent on their years on earth. The love and compassion in this novel, the definition and devotion to family, the complications of fitting in, and the way all of them are brought ...
  • Tanya
    Sweet story! Elderly Arthur visits his wife's grave every day and one day he meets Maddy, a high school senior, at the cemetery where she is exercising her love of photography with the headstones. The pair strike an interesting friendship that heals them of their sorrows. Beautiful novel about old and young and the palipable story of people's lives who live short or long. Berg never fails me as a writer.
  • Marika
    Families that create themselves are families built on love. Meet Arthur, an elderly widow who visits his wife's grave everyday for lunch. Meet Maddy, a lonely, troubled teen who observes Arthur's love and devotion and is drawn to it, and to Arthur. Then meet Lucille, Arthur's nosy neighbor who has always been lonely and you realize that life is meant to be shared. A moving story of how everyone in life deserves love, and 2nd chances.I read an adv...
  • Sandy
    5+ I absolutely loved this book. I laughed, I teared up, I out and out cried. I've been a fan of Berg's for eons, adored the "Katie" series, but The Story of Arthur Truluv is far and away my new favorite. Beautifully rendered, emotionally evocative. Arthur Truluv, the character and the book, is a treasure.
  • Nancy
    For six months Arthur Moses has packed a bag lunch and taken a bus to the cemetery to eat lunch with his wife Nola. He stops to visit her neighbors, reading their headstones and imagining the lives they had lived when alive. At Nola's graveside, Arthur sets up his folding chair and eats his sandwich. Arthur is eighty-five years old. His doctor congratulations him; he could live to be one hundred. It would be an empty life, now Nola Corrine the Be...
  • Brenda
    This is the story of Arthur an 82 year old man who goes to the cemetary every day with his chair and lunch and he has lunch with his recently deceased wife Nola. He meets 17 year old Maddie who has gotten thrown out of her Father's home for being pregnant, Her Mom died in child birth, she refuses to give the baby up or abort. Maddie hangs out at the cemetary, she seems to feel comfortable there and that is where she meets Arthur.. Arthur has a ne...
  • Dana Portwood
    I have a list of author’s I turn to when I need a little comfort, when what I want is a happy ending and a better opinion of humanity as whole when I walk away. Elizabeth Berg is on the list of those authors. Her books are all about human connection and relationships, and the unlikely places we find the help we need to carry on. Enter Arthur Moses.The Story of Arthur Truluv is in the vein of A Man Called Ove, which I am sure will lead to some c...
  • Chaya Nebel
    Arthur Moses lost his beloved wife, Nola, a half-year ago, and goes to have lunch with her every day at her grave site. His neighbor, Lucille, is a retired schoolteacher who loves to bake and has no one to feed her creations to. Maddy is a 17-year-old outcast brought up by a widower who doesn't know how to show his fierce love for his only child. These three very lonely people somehow find their way to each other in this touching if sometimes ove...
  • Andrea
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.4.5--hovering but...This short book is a sweet, sad, moving story about three people [primarily two--Arthur and Maddy] who make new lives for themselves by opening up to each other.Arthur, (re)named Truluv, by Maddy, is an 85-year old widower. Maddy, a loner, ostracized at school, is an 18-year old pregnant teen. She lives with her dad, a widower, who rarely talks. Arthur goes t...
  • Shelly Donaghey
    THE STORY OR ARTHUR TRULUV by Elizabeth Berg will have you smiling and hoping and maybe even crying a little. Arthur Moses is a recent widower well into his retirement age. Every lunch he goes out to the cemetery to visit with his beloved Nola. One lunch there he meets a high school senior named Maddy. She seems lonely and, after a short while, they begin talking. She likes that he is so devoted to his late wife, so much so that she nicknames him...
  • Jordan Stivers
    Such a sweet and charming tale. It’s the kind of book that just warms your heart as it aches with the sadness each of the characters feel. Despite the simplicity of the prose (which I feel is perfect for this book), there is a lot underneath the surface about loneliness, loss, regret, and life after all three pass. While the main three are all well-done, the true shining star is Arthur. He’s just the loveliest character. I found myself smirki...
  • Kathy
    Arthur Moses climbs the steps of a bus every day with a packed lunch and a fold up chair to have lunch with his deceased wife, Nola. Arthur is eighty-five years old and hopes to live to be one hundred. Since he started going to the cemetery, a part of a person's life story reaches Arthur as he passes the tombstone. It doesn't happen for everyone, just a few, but somehow he knows that what he sees is true about the person buried there. It is at th...