Poor, poor Bill. He is a kind and caring man who wants nothing more than to be comfortable with his long-time girlfriend, maybe get married and have kids with her someday. He likes to kick back with the occasional beer, maybe watch some TV. He’s a decent guy and his passive aggressive girlfriend, Maggie, does not appreciate him at all. This, by the way, is not at all the alleged point of the book. The book is about Ukrainian emigres (and their part of the story is GREAT!) whose ailing son Maggie tutors; and who along the way teaches Maggie the meaning of true happiness. There is an attractive music teacher. And there are some tears, unquestionably. But really, this is a story of how badly done by is poor, poor Bill. Sometimes, Maggie, it’s not him, it’s you. – Rachel Hyland
The Secret of Clouds by Alyson Richman
Berkley | Women’s Fiction | February 19, 2019
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