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The Story of Arthur Truluv

(Mason #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  21,240 ratings  ·  3,796 reviews
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
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 21st 2017 by Random House
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Evalyn I think it means that those in the graves were not really strangers as she moved through the cemetery; they were now "known" to her and she was…moreI think it means that those in the graves were not really strangers as she moved through the cemetery; they were now "known" to her and she was comfortable among them just as Arthur had been.(less)
Cheri Schuler-faust This could definitely work as a young adult book and somewhat as a coming of age book (bildungsroman)

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Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Every now and then I need to take a break from the mysteries and find something that reminds me how sweet life can be. This book fits the bill. Arthur is an 85 year old widow who visits his wife’s cemetery plot every day for lunch. There, he meets Maddy, a 17 year old who is unpopular and doesn’t have much of a family life. Lucille is Arthur’s elderly neighbor who has never been married.

Berg does a wonderful job capturing the pain of bullying. My heart just went out to Maddy. “She wonders what
Diane S ☔
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 amazing things, but is lonely. These three people will c ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg is a 2017 Random House publication.

Remarkable, poignant, and inspiring!

Eighty-five -year old Arthur misses his beloved wife so much, he packs a lunch and carries it out to her grave to have lunch with her. While on his lunch break, he notices a young girl, named Maddy, who turns up at the cemetery alone, when she should be at school. The unlikely pair slowly forges a friendship, one that will leave an indelible mark on them both. Arthur’s sweet sup
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
"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 lie in our hearts."

This is a book about three individuals who have relatively little in common but find themselves bound together in an unconventional but loving family. Arthur Moses a.k.a. Truluv, is an 85 year old man who goes to the cemetery each day to have lunch with his deceased
Angela M
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it

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 escape the kids from school who hate her and to s
Larry H
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars.

Elizabeth Berg's The Story of Arthur Truluv is like a hug in book form. Sweet, moving, and life-affirming, it makes you long to know, or associate with, people like these characters.

"Arthur thinks that, above all, aging means the abandonment of criticism and the taking on of compassionate acceptance. He sees that as a good trade."

Arthur Moses is 85 years old. Every single day he visits the cemetery where his beloved wife, Nola, is buried. He has lunch with her every
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xx2018-completed
The Story of Arthur Truluv is one of those novels that, in my personal lexicon, I refer to as True Life Novels. I know them by how the characters and the incidents in their lives are authentic, sympathetic, cover a wide range of topics, are almost always inspiring in ways small, medium, or large - and always, always move me beyond words.

The range of topics is, of course, as infinite as life itself. How the people handle what comes their way also has infinite variety. In this treasure of a book,
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 sweet, feel-good, “true love 💗” stars to The Story of Arthur Truluv ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I listened to the audio of this special story, which was narrated by the author, Elizabeth Berg. Her voice and inflection suited the storytelling perfectly.

At first Arthur seemed a little quirky (even a little “Ove-y”), but then when he was fleshed out more, he became a true gentleman in my eyes. Arthur is a widower in his 80s who meets Maddy, a teenager going through emotional turmoil due to bullying and lack of frie
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 House and NetGalley for the ARC!

Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
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 the stories of the deceased to keep him company.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A high 4 stars! I so enjoyed reading The Story of Arthur Truluv. It's a short snapshot of what one hopes the world can be like for lonely people who find their way to each other. Arthur is an octogenarian who has lunch at his wife's grave every day. Maddie is an almost 18 year old lost soul who seeks refuge in the cemetery on many days instead of having lunch in her school cafeteria. Lucille is Arthur's neighbour, a retired teacher, a fanatical baker and lonely as hell. Through circumstance and ...more
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Arthur Moses misses his wife so badly that he goes to the cemetery every single day to have lunch with her. One day he spots a young girl there and the two of them become unlikely friends. Maddy is the young girl that has had a sorta bad life. Her mom died when Maddy was just a couple of weeks old and her dad is very unemotional towards Maddy. (I felt this was kinda lame..I've seen and read way more serious life problems but what do I know..not much. I do know I thought one part of Maddy's story ...more
A cemetry in Mason, Missouri, became the place where 85-year-old Arthur Moses and 17-year-old Maddy Harris would meet and turn their lives around. Among the gravestones, where Arthur ate lunch every day with his deceased wife Nola, and troubled Maddy found solace against the cruelties of high school and her lonely life at home, two souls collided unexpectedly. Maddy had to withstand the onslaught of the students who loved to be entertained by cruelty and chose her as their target. She also endur ...more
Sherri Thacker
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh what a fabulous book this was!! For some reason, I am attracted to books with older characters as the main characters. There’s just something about books with 70 and 80 year olds in them LOL. I loved this book from the very first page to the last. I loved this along with these others who had older people as the main storyline: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, A Man Called Ove, The One in a Million Boy, Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk and Driving Miss Norma. They are all “feel good” stories w ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley, love, 2017

“We all know that something is eternal. And it ain’t houses and it ain’t names, and it ain’t earth, and it ain’t even the stars—everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings.”
Thorton Wilder, Our Town

It was six months ago, in November, the month when Arthur’s beloved wife Nola was buried, and he’s had a lunch date with her every day since. He heads to the cemetery on the bus, strolls his way through the headstones before he sits by her,
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 books about old folks, and I found myself compari
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christine by: Nancy
4.5 stars rounded to 4 stars

This book was on and off my list so many times it made me dizzy. I made a new Goodreads friend last month, and I asked her if I needed to read one book before I died, what would it be. She recommended The Story of Arthur Truluv. I trusted her and immediately put my name in at the library. What a great suggestion this turned out to be!

This book starts out a bit slowly as we are introduced to the main characters: neighbors Arthur and Lucille (both octagenerians), and 17
Not since "A man called Ove" have I been so charmed by a book.  "The story of Arthur Truluv" is one of those novels that give you a book hangover (you don't want to start another book because you are still living in that book's world.)

"He's an old man living an old man's life"

Arthur Moses is an eighty-five year old widower.  He hasn't been a widower very long and his grief is still raw and fresh.  He was one of those fortunate people who marry the love of their life and stay in love until death
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, netgalley
4.5 stars. It’s been a while since I was so taken and charmed by a book. Berg has created a memorable cast of characters and Arthur especially will win your heart. When life gets you down this is the book to read that will restore your faith in human goodness. Better yet, don't wait and read it now. It will leave you with a full heart, a lump in your throat, and a tear in your eye.

Octogenarian Arthur Moses is lonely. The highlight of his day is visiting his late wife’s graveside where he chats
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
This was a sweet charming book about how one does not to be related by blood to be a family.

Artur Trulov is a older man who visits his beloved wife's grave everyday and brings his lunch and a chair to share some time with her. Arthur tends his roses and shares his time with Gordon his cat and briefly shares time with his neighbor, Lucille. Maddie Harris finds peace wandering the graveyard where she sees and finally meets and speaks to Arthur. She is a troubled teen having lost her mother when sh
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In her acknowledgements the author writes that she hopes “readers will see beyond the simple words on the page to the more complex meanings behind them.”
I believe most of us will. This goes down easy like bittersweet hot chocolate for the soul and at only 240 pages a perfect read for the times and the season upon us. It encourages you to slow down, smile, be kind, be mindful of your place in time, be a helper when you can.
It relaxed and soothed my overtaxed emotions and spirit. A readi
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I'm a sucker for these kinds of feel-good books! So full of heart and love. And no, it is NOT to be compared to A Man Called Ove. Arthur Moses is an eighty-five-year-old widower and retired groundskeeper living in Mason, Missouri, who visits his beloved deceased wife every day in the cemetery and has lunch with her. Arthur often looks at what is written on a tombstone nearby and imagines the life story of whomever is buried there. He wants to know who is keeping his wife company, after all. ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Powerful, poignant, and charming!

The Story of Arthur Truluv is a touching novel that reminds us that life should be lived to the fullest and that family can be any unit created by love and not limited to those related by blood.

The story is told from three different points of view; Arthur, a kind-hearted widow whose loneliness is palpable and who spends the better part of his days at the graveside of his late wife; Maddie, a troubled teenager, struggling with bullies at school and an apathetic fa
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Reading good books gives me the perfect break from the harsh realities of the world. But there are times when I feel like I’ve been reading fiction with too much darkness and tragedy. So it was an engaging escape to read Elizabeth Berg’s charming new book, “The Story of Arthur Truluv.” A teenage girl and two much older adults meet and connect in an unexpected manner, and through their friendship they find healing from their grief and loneliness and the possibility of experiencing fulfilling new ...more
Cindy Burnett
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
3.5 stars

The Story of Arthur Truluv is uplifting, sweet, and a good addition to what I like to call The Man Called Ove genre. The characters are likeable, and the story is entertaining and moves along at a good pace. While I liked the book, I didn’t love it. The message is fabulous- the power of people to impact those around them. It is certainly worth reading if you are looking for a touching story; however A Man Called Ove and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine resonated more with me. I recei
Stephanie Anze
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, favorites
3.5 rounded up to 4

Since Arthur lost his wife Nola six months prior, he visits her at her grave. Bringing his chair and lunch everyday, he sits and tells Nola about his day. On one of these visits he spots Maddy, a seventeen-year-old high school student. Initially, they just briefly acknowledge each other but gradually they get to know each other better. Maddy is struggling at school and at home and is taken by how much Arthur still loves his wife. She nicknames him Truluv and soon they become f
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The world could surely use more people like Arthur Moses in it!

When I first heard about The Story of Arthur Truluv; my first thought was, another book about a cranky old man, how many books can I stomach like A Man Called Ove this year? Much to my delight, Arthur "Truluv" Moses couldn't be more opposite from a curmudgeon. This book is the story of an unlikely crew, an elderly widow, a young teenage runaway and a nosy next door neighbor, and how you can find a family in the most unlikely of place
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Arthur Truluv is going to occupy a place in my heart. I adored this novel.

Arthur has recently lost his wife. He goes to the cemetery everyday to visit and it's there in the cemetery that he meets Maddy. Maddy goes to the high school nearby and is avoiding her classes. They start an unlikely friendship that will turn out to be the most valuable asset they will share.

I loved this heartwarming story!
Judy Collins
The 30 Best Books of 2017

Loved this book!

Talented storyteller Elizabeth Berg returns following The Dream Lover and Make Someone Happy: Favorite Postings with one of her most charming books yet, THE STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV. Emotional and compelling, mixed with humor – three unlikely souls with their loss, find solace in one another in this heartwarming tale.

Arthur Moses’ wife, Nola passed six months earlier. He has a routine. He tends to his cat Gordon, his rose garden, and takes the bus to
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet, lovable comfort read. It is definitely a feel good book!
We meet Arthur, an 85 year old gentleman, who goes to the cemetery everyday to be with his deceased wife. He meets Maddy there- an ostracized, lonely almost 18 year old. Into this mix, we throw in Lucille, Arthur's elderly neighbor, who like the other two, is all alone and lonely. These three form a bond and connection. This book is about loneliness and the need to belong and be loved! The author does a lovely job
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Elizabeth Berg is the New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including We Are All Welcome Here, The Year of Pleasures, The Art of Mending, Say When, True to Form, Never Change, and Open House, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection in 2000. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, and Talk Before Sleep was short-listed for the ABBY Award in 1996. The w ...more

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“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.” 9 likes
“Arthur thinks that, above all, aging means the abandonment of criticism and the taking on of compassionate acceptance.” 8 likes
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