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About the book
Former Stanford University professor and author Diana Y. Paul announces a bold launch into the literary scene with her debut novel, a deft exploration of the ever-shifting covenants between parents and children, and a ferocious tale of family love, dysfunction, and a sense of duty spanning forty years, Things Unsaid is a family saga, the pulse for our times.
Fans of Anne Tyler will rejoice in a tale portraying family in all its emotional complexity, tracing back three generations rooted in guilt, obligation, broken promises, and the intricacies of karma.
Jules, a former university professor, has always played “the good daughter.” She and her husband Mike have set aside a college fund for their daughter Zoë, who is preparing to leave for Stanford. But when Jules’ parents lose everything in 2008’s Great Recession, she must make an impossible choice: her daughter’s future, or her dying parents.
Seamlessly weaving between the perspectives of competitive siblings—responsible, guilt-ridden Jules, plastic surgery-addict Joanne, and closeted, insecure Andrew—their parents, and their own children, Things Unsaid is “a bold and poignant story that brings deep insights into the messy and complicated world of family relationships, and one woman fighting to survive them with her sanity and spirit intact,” (Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, author, Love in Translation and His Wife and Daughters).