The Story of Arthur Truluv

6 CDs. 6:45 hrs. Recorded Bks. Nov. 2017. ISBN 9781501954535. $72.75. digital download. F
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.]
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