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Unsaid: A Novel | [Neil Abramson]

Unsaid: A Novel

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.
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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 animals consciousness. Through this case all the threads of Helena's life entwine and explode - unexpectedly, painfully, beautifully.

©2011 Neil Abramson (P)2011 Hachette

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    Diane LOXAHATCHEE, FLORIDA, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2011

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    I really enjoyed the story but this narrator is horrible. She is just reading words on a page without giving any life or individuality to any of the characters. I will be sure to avoid any more books narrated by her.

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    Lina United States 08-02-12
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    Every part of this book spoke to me. The characters, the animals and the connection of the narrator (the wife) and the subjects that interconnected.


    What other book might you compare Unsaid to and why?

    I have never read a book that touched so many parts of my life interests.


    Have you listened to any of Angela Brazil’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't know, I have never paid much attention to the narrator's unless I did not care for them. She was great, I would certainly like to hear her again.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How connected everything in life can be and how the smallest situation or happening can turn into something life changing.


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    I have recommended this book to everyone I know. I never do that.

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    Elizabeth Leander, TX, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    How Cindy finally ended and when Skippy let everyone know it was time for him to leave.


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    This author has a unique understanding of nonhuman life.

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    Debbie Princeton, NJ, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2012

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    This truly makes the list of my all-time favorite books! Everyone should read it- it will make you laugh, cry, and come away missing the characters.

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    This was an excellent book that really makes you think about the choices you make.


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