The Story of Arthur Truluv is more than just the story of one person. Through the course of the novel, we meet Arthur Moses who spends lunch every day visiting his wife's grave at the cemetery. There he meets 18 year old Maddy and the two develop an unlikely friendship. It is Maddy that gives him the nickname Truluv because of his feelings about love and life. We also get the opportunity to meet Lucille, Arthur's neighbor, and watch the relationships grow and change between the three of them as they form an unlikely bond.
This novel touches on so many topics close to my heart and I really love the meaning behind the story. One of my favorite sections in the book is when Arthur realizes that his relationship with Maddy is filling a loneliness that he never even knew existed. I also appreciate how the author develops the characters of Maddy and Lucille over the course of the book. Both characters undergo transitions that are amazing to witness. For me, one of the main messages I took away from the story is that there is so much hurt and loneliness in the world and some of that can be changed just by letting people into your life.
While I inevitably shed a few tears during my reading, it is a ultimately a very uplifting and powerful novel about love and life. A five star read for me.
I received this book courtesy of Random House Publishing Group through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.