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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.