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Unsaid: A Novel

by Neil Abramson

Center Street | June 5, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Unsaid: A Novel is rated 4.8333 out of 5 by 6.
In this explosive 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 1 in

Published: June 5, 2012

Publisher: Center Street

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1599954095

ISBN - 13: 9781599954097

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting; a must-read for animal lovers. This is a book that you cannot put down, but wish that it would never end. One of the very few books that I will read again. Beautifully written, heart-wrenching and soul-filling. Loved every second of this wonderful novel. Mr. Abramson got it so right in his debut novel; I'll keep looking for anything else this man writes!
Date published: 2014-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching an compelling! I could not put this book down and read it in two days.  It is so moving, touching and brought me to tears.  It really makes you think about animals and how they feel and impact the lives of humans. Really is a MUST read!
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What will you stand up for? A wonderful read that makes you question what you would finally stand up for and also asks do we really know the people we love and live with. One of the top 10#
Date published: 2013-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Want a good book? Read this one! I read it in 3 days....This is a must read if you have any compassion for animals! The author has done an excellent job of researching details that fit so nicely into the story. I love how the book grabbed me from the first page. This isn't an adventure book, but the story is so compelling... I just couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2012-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book shot an arrow through my heart! For anyone who is an animal lover, this book is for you! It touched my heart in a way I can't explain...beautiful, touching, and wonderfully written, I can't wait for Neil Abramson's next book!
Date published: 2011-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BUYER BEWARE! Warning: once you pick up this book you will not be able to put it down until the last page has been turned! Very powerful. This book will surely leave an imprint on your heart.
Date published: 2011-09-13

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Unsaid: A Novel

by Neil Abramson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 1 in

Published: June 5, 2012

Publisher: Center Street

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1599954095

ISBN - 13: 9781599954097

About the Book

As a veterinarian, Helena had mercifully escorted thousands of animals to the other side. Now, having died herself, she is terrified that her 37 years of life were meaningless, error-ridden, and forgettable and is haunted by the life she left behind.

From the Publisher

In this explosive 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.

About the Author

Neil Abramsonis 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.

Editorial Reviews

"UNSAID carries the reader through a maze of knowing and denial interwoven into the master narrative of science...an unrelenting story of the times-a pivotal moment of recognition and atonement...."-Psychology Today
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