THINGS UNSAID

Reviews

“With a grace that is absorbing and deft, Paul tackles many difficult questions, including filial responsibility, depression, marital strife, and sexual identity. …The author depicts heart-wrenching conundrums as the three siblings are forced repeatedly to evaluate their personal priorities….An engaging tale of family dysfunction and intractable senior citizens”.
Kirkus Review
“It is the simplicity of the writing that makes these relationships- and the story- so powerful. … It is certainly worth it to stick around to the end, as more surprises are revealed. Even for those who prefer more action-packed stories, I strongly advise you to take a peek into the lives of these characters and give this story a try. The characters, including the subtle nuances and intricacies of their lives and experiences, are quite moving and memorable.”
The Editing Pen, July 2017
Readers are sure to recognize at least a trace of their own family dynamic in these characters…. Paul chose not to make any of her characters full-on slacker types, or ne’er-do-wells,…Rather, they are flawed and completely relatable individuals, which makes the story all the more compelling….Things Unsaid  will make readers ask themselves some tough questions, like “What is your family?” “Is (and should) blood be truly thicker than water?” And finally, “When is enough obligation enough?”
Sara Hodon, Compulsive Reader

An outstanding book that is not only deeply honest, heartbreaking and hopeful, but also brilliant, poignant and original…. It captures what is at the heart of all of us and showcases that life is what we make it…. Brilliant, just brilliant! 5 stars”
Emily Lewis,  Mrs.MommyBookNerd Blog

“A story of the complexity of the bonds between parents and children and how difficult it can be to escape them, “Things Unsaid” clearly showcases author Diana Paul as having a genuine flair for narrative-driven and truly memorable characters. Very highly recommended, especially for community library General Fiction collections”
Midwest Book Reviews, March 2017

….THINGS UNSAID by Diana Y. Paul is a raw and candid look into the life of one family dealing with blow after blow. Struggling to be there for their aging parents makes being there for their own families difficult….Paul delivers a beautiful portrait of life, familial obligations and just how far you will go to try to do it all – and the risks that you take in doing so…Things Unsaid tells of the tightrope act that is fulfilling familial duty and obligation.
Maggie Franz of Black Dog Speaks  

In a carefully crafted cautionary tale, Diana Paul writes a story of a family that could be anyone’s family…In gripping detail, Paul unravels the threads that once bound these individuals together. Family ties are stressed to the breaking point….Moral dilemmas, emotional roller-coasters, sacrifice and duty abound in this tense novel that exposes raw human emotion—sparing no one the pain that comes with such issues.
Lee Ambrose, reviewer, StoryCircleBookReviews.org 

Diana Y. Paul is our first to come from the Buddhist tradition. Her novel, Things Unsaid, dissects family and generational relationships not only from the traditional storytelling perspective – and she tells a compelling story – but also from the wellspring of her philosophical beliefs.
Darrell Laurant, reviewer, Snowflakes Arise

Paul develops each character and situation to its fullest. Her plot development is perfectly executed…For me, I kept seeing my mother and aunt dealing with the difficulties of their aged and ill mother with Alzheimer’s…. Paul skillfully draws the reader in  …  can I do that when the time comes? Paul is a talented storyteller that has a keen insight into family and emotions. 
— WordsaPlenty.com

THINGS UNSAID

Released in 2015