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The story of Arthur Truluv : a novel / Elizabeth Berg.

Berg, Elizabeth (author.).

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Summary, etc.: "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. 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 visits the cemetery to escape the other kids at school. One afternoon she joins Arthur--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 band together and, through heartache and hardships, help one another 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."--Dust jacket flap.
Subject: Interpersonal relations Fiction
Teenage girls Fiction
Widowers Fiction
Interpersonal relations Fiction
Teenage girls Fiction
Genre: Domestic fiction.
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The Story of Arthur Truluv : A Novel
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A cemetery might be an odd place for two people to strike up a friendship especially an elderly man and a teenage girl but Arthur Moses and Maddy Harris are fairly odd people. Arthur visits the cemetery to talk to his late wife, Nora, though he has a gift for divining the backstories of the graveyard's other permanent residents. Maddy doesn't have a personal connection to this particular cemetery, but she finds the quiet grounds peaceful after the chaos of school and the tension at home. They strike up conversations over picnic lunches and find they have more in common than they ever would have imagined. Maddy's mother passed away when she was young, and Arthur is surprised to find that the teenager is wise beyond her years. This unlikely duo shares secrets, memories, and plans for the future in Elizabeth Berg's inspiring and poignant novel. Fans of Meg Wolitzer, Emma Straub, or Berg's previous novels will appreciate the richly complex characters and clear prose. Redemptive without being maudlin, this story of two misfits lucky to have found one another will tug at readers' heartstrings.--Turza, Stephanie Copyright 2017 Booklist

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Arthur, the title character of the latest from Berg (Talk Before Sleep), does not enjoy living alone. Since his wife's death, the best part of his daily routine is visiting the cemetery to eat lunch at her grave. The only other constants in his life are taking care of his cat and keeping his distance from his nosy neighbor, Lucille. Then he meets Maddy, a troubled teen who is bullied at school and misunderstood by her father at home, and who has taken to hanging out at the cemetery to be by herself. The two form a bond, and when Maddy gets pregnant with her ex-boyfriend's baby, she seeks Arthur's help. Together with Lucille, who has recently faced her own tragic loss, the three form something like a family. Berg's novel is as comforting as Lucille's fresh-baked cookies, with plenty of charm and memorable characters. Readers will be taken by this story about how friendship can defy any generation gap and how it's never too late to find a new purpose in life. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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This intergenerational story is not just -Arthur Truluv's-it also belongs to the women who occupy his life: late wife Nola, whom he visits daily at the cemetery; high school student Maddy, who slips into his routine; and his next-door neighbor -Lucille. Maddy gives Arthur Moses the titular nickname as she overhears him talking at various grave sites, not just Nola's. This is a novel that proves it doesn't take much to conquer loneliness. The slightest kindnesses can change a life and turn strangers into the most important people. Berg narrates her own work and does so well, imbuing each character with quirks appropriate to their age. A compassionate and sweet exploration of what it's like to be elderly with energy or young with little hope and what they have to offer each other. VERDICT Recommended for fiction collections of all sizes. ["This life-affirming story is a definite choice for Berg's many fans": LJ 5/15/17 review of the Random hc.]-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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