Things Unsaid: A Novel

Things Unsaid: A Novel

by Diana Y. Paul

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ISBN-13: 9781631528125
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Diana Y. Paul was born in Akron, Ohio and is a graduate of Northwestern University, with a degree in both psychology and philosophy, and of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, with a PhD in Buddhist studies. She is the author of three books on Buddhism, one of which has been translated into Japanese and German ( Women in Buddhism , University of California Press), and her short stories have appeared in a number of literary journals. She lives in Carmel, CA with her husband and two cats, Neko and Mao.

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Things Unsaid: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
daboychikGJ More than 1 year ago
Not since Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections has a family been dissected with such care, anger, and love. Painful as it is to remember our mishaps and our mistakes, it's the only way to find any lasting value in our memories.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ica Iova for Readers' Favorite Diana Paul’s novel, Things Unsaid, examines the dynamics of the family. It’s tough getting old — for you and those around you. As an elderly parent, how much do you have the right to expect from your children? As a child of an elderly parent, how far would you go for your parent? Would you do everything humanly possible to maintain your parents’ comfort and lifestyle, even if that comes at the expense of your own family? These are the questions Julia has after another argument with her husband about her parents. Robert and Aida Whitman, Julia’s parents, live in Safe Harbor, an assisted living community that costs five thousand dollars a month. Moreover, Julia’s father has invested in penny stocks and lost almost everything he had. Julia and her two siblings, Joanne and Andrew, are now supposed to compensate and keep up the lifestyle to which their parents have become accustomed. Except that Andrew and Joanne have their own financial crisis. Julia is left to bail her parents out even as her own family’s finances are at risk, including her daughter’s college fund that is slowly draining away. Things Unsaid by Diana Paul is a powerful, emotional tale that takes the reader deep into the complex dynamics of a dysfunctional family, alternating between love and obligation. Paul expertly entwines the past and present while exploring Julia’s moral impasse between love and duty for her two families — the one she was born into and the one she has created as an adult.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Review of "Things Un Said" by: Diana Y. Paul The Whitman's are not a close family, and the mother has no problem playing one child against the other, nor does she have a problem letting her children make sacrifices just so she can continue to be a diva and live a life of luxury. Her eldest daughter (Jules) is the one she mistreats the most, and yet is also the one she always counts on to bail them out; not only do the parents continuously count on her to bail them out, but so does the sister and brother. Not knowing how to say no, Jules will continue to bail out her family, at the cost of losing her own in the process. Very powerful and inspiring book that reminds you that no family is perfect, no matter what it may seem like on the outside. Sometimes, we rely on one family member more than we should and expect he/she to take care of everything when things go wrong, without giving a second thought to the fact that they may have problems and issues going on in their own life. Reminding you that we are only human and one can only do so much. Very well written and heartfelt story that holds your interest and makes you stop and think along the way. I look forward to following this author and reading her future work.
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
I don't think I've ever a read a book where I despised the mother in the story more than any other book I've read recently. Reading about the mother made me want to toss the book across the room multiple times over the course of the book. I could definitely see how the main character could get sucked into a vortex of her parents' behaviors and actions. I wanted to struggle the mother on multiple occasions. I also wanted to beat some sense into the main character as well. Honestly, I suppose that's what makes a book enjoyable to read and experience. Things Unsaid is truly an apt name for the book. I found that I have my own things unsaid to deal with in my own life. I can honestly say this book got me thinking about things I hadn't in a long long time. I would recommend this book whose curious about what's inside.