Elizabeth Berg had had enough. She was tired of reading bad news and hearing about things that were upsetting. She wanted to feel good and to think pleasant thoughts. So she sat down and wrote a thoroughly charming, feel-good book, "The Story of Alfred Truluv."
Arthur, her protagonist is a pleasant older man, a widower who is grieving for his wife. Most days he heads over to the graveyard where his wife is interred and has lunch with her. He talks to her. He even talks to some of the other people who have been laid to rest there. Arthur is lonely. The woman who lives next door to him seems interested in him. She's alone, too. Arthur isn't sure if he is ready to get involved in a new relationship. His late wife is still the center of his world.