Unsaid: A Novel

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Center Street, Jun 5, 2012 - Fiction - 384 pages
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In this USA Today bestselling debut novel, Neil Abramson explores the beauty and redemptive power of human-animal relationships and the true meaning of communication in all of its diverse forms.
As a veterinarian, Helena was required to choose when to end the lives of the terminally ill animals in her care. Now that she has died, she is afraid to face them and finally admit to herself that her thirty-seven years of life were meaningless, error-ridden, and forgettable. So Helena lingers, a silent observer haunted by the life she left behind-her shattered attorney husband, David; her houseful of damaged but beloved animals; and her final project, Cindy, a chimpanzee trained to use sign language who may be able to unlock the mysteries of animal communication and consciousness.
When Cindy is scheduled for a research experiment that will undoubtedly take her life, David must call upon everything he has learned from Helena to save her. In the explosive courtroom drama that follows, all the threads of Helena's life entwine and tear as Helena and David confront their mistakes, grief, and loss and discover what it really means to be human.

Abramson's next novel, JUST LIFE, published in May 2016.

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User Review  - caslater83 - LibraryThing

I started this novel on the last night of my vacation in Philly. I felt drawn in from the first page and hoped that I would remain "rooted" to this book. Now I'm home and just wrapped up the book. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - lindaspangler - LibraryThing

feel good book, easy to read. story told from voice of dead woman who was a vet looking back at her husband and family, trying to save a chimp from research. Nice menagerie of animals. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Neil Abramson is a partner in a Manhattan law firm, and his wife is a veterinarian. Abramson is also a past board member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, an award recipient from the ASPCA for his legal work on behalf of animals, a founding member of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Legal Issues Relating to Animals, and once represented a dolphin named Kama as a plaintiff in federal court.

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