Friday, January 15, 2016
Review: Things Unsaid
Things Unsaid is often a difficult read. The characters are so incredibly self-absorbed and seem to care very little for what their family members want or need. Jules is the main character and she finds herself torn between the needs of her own career, husband and daughter, and the demands of her parents. But this is not Jules' story alone. We also read from the perspectives of Joanne, Andrew, and the parents, which gives readers insight into the ways abuse is perpetuated and cycles are repeated through the generations.
While it seems instinctual and right to take care of our parents, Ms. Paul forces us to reconsider. What if our parents have made life awful for us? What if they insist that they be put first every time, even to the detriment of our lives? In spite of Bob and Aida being neglectful and often downright cruel to Jules, they expect her to care for them financially and emotionally.
Diana Paul is a good writer - despite my difficulty with the characters, the story itself is compelling. While the story is fictional, it also serves as an important reminder that we all deserve to have good people in our lives, who love and support us just as we do for them.
By Diana Y. Paul
She Writes Press October 2015
Sent by the author for review