Diana Paul has written a heart-wrenching and vivid novel about a family struggling to keep its collective head above water, all the while struggling against the undertow of aging…An excellent book for book groups, THINGS UNSAID has its finger on the pulse of where we all live now…watching our parents become diminished versions of themselves and knowing that we must balance love for our family of origin with love for our children and spouses….I bought five copies of this book and have been giving it to my reading friends.
– Marylee McDonald, Readers Favorites
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.