An emotionally powerful novel about three people who each lose the one they love most, only to find second chances where they least expect them—from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg
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. Sometimes in the evening he’ll take a walk and stop to chat with his nosy neighbor, Lucille. It’s a quiet routine not entirely without its joys. 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 often comes to the cemetery to escape the other kids at school and a life of loss. She’s seen Arthur sitting there alone, and one afternoon she joins him—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 bands together, helping one another, through heartache and hardships, to rediscover their own potential to start anew.
Wonderfully written and full of profound observations about life, The Story of Arthur Truluv is a beautiful and moving novel of compassion in the face of loss, of the small acts that turn friends into family, and of the possibilities to achieve happiness at any age.
My Review of The Story of Arthur Truluv
In Elizabeth Berg’s, The Story of Arthur Truluv, Ms. Berg has created three memorable characters that will stay with the reader long after they turn the last page. Tender, poignant and bittersweet, The Story of Arthur Truluv is hope in the face of hopelessness and love in the wake of loneliness.
Arthur Moses is a widower who visits his wife Nola’s grave every day. He finds solace in her company as well as the company of the departed that surround her. He fashions himself a kind of grave whisperer, where he can envision those lives that have now passed. Although frail himself, he finds peace and comfort in this daily ritual. But Arthur is not the only one who finds freedom and tranquility in this graveyard. Enter Maddy, a lonely, ostracized and pregnant 18 year old girl looking for love in all the wrong places. Little by little a trust is formed between the two unlikely pair and a friendship blooms that is dear and tender to the both of them. Overtime an elderly flamboyant neighbor named Lucille is added to the mix and Maddy finds herself with a new makeshift family she never dreamed she would have. As time passes and the birth of the baby arrives, the trio will discover that families come in all shapes and sizes and that love can abound in the most unlikely of places.
When given the opportunity to read, The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg, I jumped at the chance. The characters she creates in her novels are always heartfelt and genuine. They step off the pages and into your heart as Arthur, Maddy and Lucille have proven in her latest endeavor. Their individual loneliness is a thing that exists and their yearning for love and companionship is palpable. When she intertwines their lives the story comes together beautifully leaving the reader smiling through their tears. The ending is realistic although bittersweet leaving the reader wistful but satisfied.
In conclusion, if you are new to the works of Elizabeth Berg or a veteran of her novels, this book and its characters will remain in your heart long after you finish the last page. It may even change the way you view cemeteries, elderly neighbors or even a wayward teenager for as The Story of Arthur Truluv shows everyone has a story.
I want to thank Random House via NetGalley for an advanced copy of The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg for a fair and honest review.
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