Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 384 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in
Published: June 5, 2012
Publisher: Center Street
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 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.
"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