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- Publisher: Center Street
- Format: Paperback | 368 pages
- Dimensions: 136mm x 203mm x 26mm | 324g
- Publication date: 5 July 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1599954095
- ISBN 13: 9781599954097
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 140,221
UNSAID is told from the perspective of Helena Colden, a veterinarian who has just died of breast cancer. Helena is forced to witness the rapid emotional deterioration of her husband David. With Helena's passing, David, a successful Manhattan attorney, loses the only connection that made his life full. He tries to carry on the life that Helena had created for them, but he is too grief stricken, too angry, and too quickly reabsorbed into the demands of his career. Helena's animals likewise struggle with the loss of their understanding and compassionate human companion. Because of Helena, David becomes involved in a court case to save the life of a chimpanzee that may hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of animal consciousness. Through this case all the threads of Helena's life entwine and explode - unexpectedly, painfully, beautifully.
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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, and a founding member of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Legal Issues Relating to Animals.
"UNSAIDcarries 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