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Publisher Description

In this USA Today bestselling debut novel, Neil Abramson explores the beauty and redemptive power of human-animal relationships and the true meaning of communication in all of its diverse forms.
As a veterinarian, Helena was required to choose when to end the lives of the terminally ill animals in her care. Now that she has died, she is afraid to face them and finally admit to herself that her thirty-seven years of life were meaningless, error-ridden, and forgettable. So Helena lingers, a silent observer haunted by the life she left behind-her shattered attorney husband, David; her houseful of damaged but beloved animals; and her final project, Cindy, a chimpanzee trained to use sign language who may be able to unlock the mysteries of animal communication and consciousness.
When Cindy is scheduled for a research experiment that will undoubtedly take her life, David must call upon everything he has learned from Helena to save her. In the explosive courtroom drama that follows, all the threads of Helena's life entwine and tear as Helena and David confront their mistakes, grief, and loss and discover what it really means to be human.

Abramson's next novel, JUST LIFE, published in May 2016.

Fiction & Literature
August 4
Center Street
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Gblb10 ,

Must Read

Most poetic, thought provoking book I've read in a long time. There are so many levels that are intertwined. Not just a book about our animal companions, but the human condition as well. Wonderful!

Viking1 ,


This is such a beautiful story. It gives life, all life, value and outlines the ways we are all connected in this life and the next. Personally, it supports my beliefs that all life is precious, and that we have a responsibility to our fellow creatures.

Potty Lu ,


Loved, loved, loved this book. Needed a box of tissues though as it made me very emotional in places :-)
I would definitely recommend this book to all my friends and relatives.

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