Maggie teaches 6th grade English and is preparing for the school year when the principal calls her into the office to ask her to tutor a young boy who is undergoing some health issues. Maggie initially is resistant to the idea due to a situation from her past that she hasn't quite moved past but she agrees to tutor young Yuri at his home. As their path together evolves throughout the school year, we are also provided glimpses into Yuri's parents past life in Ukraine and the role Chernobyl played as well.
The Secret of Clouds is one of those novels that I will be thinking about for some time to come. It is quite simply a beautifully written book that I didn't want to step away from. To me, it is a testament of how we all impact each other's lives in ways both large and small. It's also a tribute to the importance of the relationships between teachers and students.
This was a very strong four star read for me and I highly recommend it. I received this book courtesy of Berkley Publishing Group through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.