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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.
First Line: “In the six months since the November day that his wife, Nola, was buried, Arthur Moses has been having lunch with her every day.”
Elizabeth Berg has encapsulated the mysterious beauty and youthful joy of friendship and family. An unlikely bond between three strangers catapults Arthur Moses into a wild transformation from grieving the loss of his wife to feeling whole again. Vulnerability, hope and second chances, The Story of Arthur Truluv will surely paint a kaleidoscope of emotions on your heart. Thanks to her elegant touch and brilliant voice, Berg does not fail in this stunning portrayal of unconditional love and starting life anew.
Every day Arthur has lunch at the cemetery. He visits the plot where his late wife rests and reminisces on a time when he was not broken. Despite his positive exterior demeanor, Arthur is a blank canvas just waiting to be touched. Eighteen-year-old Maddy Harris seems to recognize this and decides to sabotage one of Arthur’s lunch dates. Their bond attracts a third Musketeer — Arthur’s pesky neighbor, Lucille — and their improbable journey begins. (RANDOM HOUSE, Nov., 240 pp., $26.00)