Sunday, July 30, 2017

What Remains Unsaid by Audrey Kalman


Book Information
Genre: Literary fiction
Paperback: 258 pages

  • Publisher: Sand Hill Review Press; First edition (April 19, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937818241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937818241

Synopsis: In a placid California suburb, a mother ends up at the wrong end of her son’s Colt .45.

Sean Masterson takes Ginny hostage in her own kitchen. “I don’t want to hurt you,” he says. “I want you to listen for once.” With the tuna salad spoiling on the counter, he tells her things about his life she never knew. And, finally, coaxed by fear and desperation, Ginny reveals the secret at the center of their family. 

Can Sean’s reckless act bring mother and son together after thirty years of missed connections?

What Remains Unsaid is about the stories we could never imagine behind the faces we think we know—and how sometimes even the promise of forgiveness may come too late to save the ones we love.

Review: This is one of the best character-driven stories I've read this year. We get inside the minds of several of the main characters and see some of the same events from differing perspectives. The ending is one part predictable, and one part surprise. I could hardly stand to put it down once I started reading!

None of the characters are particularly likable, but the more you learn about their lives, the more you understand why they have become these people. 

This is a book which will draw you in, hold you in the story, and then release you with a LOT to think about for days to come.

Rating: Four stars

2673639About the author
Audrey Kalman writes literary fiction with a dark edge, often about what goes awry when human connection is missing from our lives. Her most recent novel, What Remains Unsaid was published in May, 2017 by Sand Hill Review Press. Her previous novel, Dance of Souls, appeared in 2011. 

Many online and print journals have published her short fiction and poetry, including "Boundoff," "Every Day Fiction," "Fault Zone," "The Jewish Literary Journal," "Mash Stories," "Pithead Chapel," "Punchnels," "The Sand Hill Review," and "Sixfold." She edited two editions of the "Fault Zone" anthology of California writers (Fault Zone Shiftand Fault Zone Diverge) and is at work on another novel. 

She lives in northern California with her husband, two children, and two cats. Find out more at

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