The Woman Upstairs is by Claire Messud. Nora is an elementary teacher in Massachusetts who has given up her dream of being an artist. Then a new student arrives in her class, a charming child named Reza. When Reza is injured in a bullying incident, Nora finds herself bonding with the Shahid family: Reza, Sirena his Italian artist mother, and Skandar his Lebanese professor father. As Nora becomes more involved with the Shahid's she finds her life changing in ways she never dreamed possible.
Ratings - Adult - 6 out of 10 - P (profanity) - AC (mature thematic content).