Authors on Stage With Neil Abramson

Category: Authors on Stage
Location: Adrian Lamb Room

Does love transcend all boundaries - including those of death, time, and memory?  Is the connection between humans and animals more real than we’ve ever imagined?  In his astonishing debut novel, Unsaid, Neil Abramson skillfully weaves these questions through a moving story that will touch the heart while stimulating reflection and debate.

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 the beloved husband she has left behind. 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.

A partner in a Manhattan law firm, author Neil Abramson lives in Westchester County, NY and is married to a veterinarian.  He 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.  Unsaid is his first novel.