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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.

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Fantastic read. Felt like I was right there.
August 12th, 2015
Great read about life and death. If you are an animal lover don't miss this book. Everything comes full circle.
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July 31st, 2015
Started a little slow but picked up the pace quickly . excellent story, a tear jerker at the end. Would read him again in a heartbeat.
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January 24th, 2014
Haunting and heart-warming. This is one of the very few books that I will read twice. I couldn't put it down and yet didn't want it to end. If you love animals, this is a must-read!
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October 17th, 2013
Get your tissue before you start reading. This book is almost uncomfortably realistic. It is a beautifully told story of what are the most heart wrenching times in a person's life. If you have a special pet in your life, you will see yourself in these pages.
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October 6th, 2013
I loved this book. It made me smile, cry, and really made me think about a lot of tough topics. I would definitely recommend it.
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September 28th, 2013
Great read, especially if you like animals.
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