Unsaid: A Novel

Hardcover | September 19, 2013

byNeil Abramson

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As a veterinarian, Helena had mercifully escorted thousands of animals to the other side. Now, having died herself, she finds that it is not so easy to move on. She is terrified that her 37 years of life were meaningless, error-ridden, and forgettable. So Helena haunts-- and is haunted by-- the life she left behind. Meanwhile, David, her shattered attorney husband, struggles with grief and the demands of caring for her houseful of damaged and beloved animals. But it is her absence from her last project, Cindy-- a chimpanzee who may unlock the mystery of communication and consciousness-- that will have the greatest impact on all of them.

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 the only way to save Cindy is to understand what it really means to be human.

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As a veterinarian, Helena had mercifully escorted thousands of animals to the other side. Now, having died herself, she finds that it is not so easy to move on. She is terrified that her 37 years of life were meaningless, error-ridden, and forgettable. So Helena haunts-- and is haunted by-- the life she left behind. Meanwhile, David, h...

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, and a founding member of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Legal Issues Relating to Animals.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.25 inPublished:September 19, 2013Publisher:Center StreetLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1599954109

ISBN - 13:9781599954103

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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 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.
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"If you love legal dramas...or dogs...or terrific writing...or originality...or people...or discovering wonderful new writers, then Neil Abramson's UNSAID is a book you simply must read."-David Rosenfelt, author of Dog Tags