The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg revolves around three people brought together through unforeseen circumstances. Arthur is an 85 year old widower who visits his wife’s plot in the cemetery every day during lunch. It is there he meets Maddie.
Maddie doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere; not at school or at home. She is 17 years old, and escapes to the cemetery to avoid eating lunch by herself at school. Maddie’s mom died when she was a baby, and her father has become apathetic.
Lucille is Arthur’s neighbor, a retired teacher, who is incredibly lonely and who loves to bake.
The point of view of this book alternates between these three characters. Discovering their personalities was delightful. Furthermore, Arthur is one of the sweetest characters I’ve read about, and he is the central force of this new-formed family. A strong theme throughout the book is that family is more than your relatives, and includes those who you choose to be with.
These three characters make an unlikely family, but they connect well. As a result, they discover by helping one another, their own burdens become lighter. In addition, reading the contrast between a coming of age story and aging gracefully was an interesting perspective.
In conclusion, the Story of Arthur Truluv is a touching novel that reminds us that life should be lived to the fullest, and that it’s never too late to help someone. Furthermore, the plot moves you forward with compelling themes of acceptance, friendship, compassion, generosity and love. Most of all, it is a delightful story that will make you laugh, cry, and believe in the magic of second chances.