Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg ~ My Thoughts


The Story of Arthur Truluv

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
Print and e-book, 240 pages
Published November 21st 2017 by Random House

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 think about the lives of others. The two strike up a friendship that draws them out of isolation. Maddy gives Arthur the name Truluv, for his loving and positive responses to every outrageous thing she says or does. With Arthur’s nosy neighbor Lucille, they create a loving and unconventional family, proving that life’s most precious moments are sweeter when shared.

My thoughts about The Story of Arthur Truluv ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—"In the six months since the November day that his wife, Nola, was buried, Arthur Moses has been having lunch with here every day."

I just love Elizabeth Berg's storytelling and I have never been disappointed after reading one of her books. The Story of Arthur Truluv is a beautiful story about three lonely people who think that they are the only ones who are lonely and alone. 

As the three struggle to get to know each other, they come to realize that their misfit lives just might fit perfectly together. Elizabeth created very memorable, caring characters—characters I won't soon forget—as she wove a heartwarming tale of friendship, support, and ultimately, family.  

I received The Story of Arthur Truluv from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

About the author

Elizabeth Berg

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 winner of the 1997 New England Booksellers Award for her body of work, Elizabeth Berg is also the author of a nonfiction work, Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True. She lives in Chicago.

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