Ok, I can think of only a few books that have brought me to tears in recent memory…When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinithi, Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley, and this book I just finished…Unsaid by Neil Abramson. I love and have always felt a special connection to animals, especially dogs, so maybe that’s why two of the three books I mentioned have to do with the special bonds between humans and animals.
Unsaid has so many themes running through it…love between humans, the love we share with animals in our care, guilt over things we have done in our lives, and grief over the loss of loved ones. This story is told from the perspective of Helena Colden, a veterinarian who has just died from breast cancer and whose spirit watches over her grieving lawyer husband, David, and all of their animals he is trying to care for in their home. Not only is this a story about how the bonds between humans and animals can be very healing, but it’s also about how we communicate with each other. It’s a wonderful story and I’m looking forward to reading Abramson’s second novel, Just Life.