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10 Questions with UNSAID author NEIL ABRAMSON


I would like to thank Neil for stopping by BookHounds today and answering my silly questions.  
 Be sure to stop by later, read my review and enter to win a copy of the wonderful book Neil has written.  Yes, there are dogs in it, as well as several other animals.  This book will truly open your eyes and make you think about animals, the afterlife and what it truly means to be human. 


1. Bookmarks or dog ears?
--Neither. Whenever I put a book down with the page open, one of my 8 cats sits down on it until I pick it up again.

2. Dust jacket on or off when reading a hard back?
--On. Until one of the dogs eats it.

3. What is the first book you remember reading by yourself as a child?
--White Fang

4. What are you reading right now?
--State of Wonder

5. Do you have a favorite author?
--Many (e.g., Alice Hoffman, John Irving, James Lee Burke)

6. Was there a book that inspired you to write?
--Something Wicked This Way Comes

7. Do you have a favorite place to write?
--The kitchen table (love the easy access to food)

8. How does your garden grow?
--In a Fine and Private Place

9. What is the last thing you Googled?
--“Pig Cheese.” I wanted to know why no one ever makes cheese from pig milk.

10. What makes you cringe?
--When the phone rings in the middle of the night.


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.

About the Author

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. --

1 comment:

  1. Welcome Neil!
    Jealous you are already reading State of Wonder...we have a long wait list at the library, I can't wait to read it too.
    Your novel sounded so sad at first, but seems to bloom into such a great tale. If Mary liked it, that's a great recommendation for me.


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