Unsaid by Neil Abramson
Writing a blog posting for a book that you love is as hard as describing a person whom you love. Sometimes everything that you write about a wonderful book doesn’t sound good enough. Writing about Unsaid by Neil Abramson has been one of the hardest blog postings I have ever written. That is how much I loved this book.
Neil Abramson’s debut novel is about love's power to heal grief. Dr. Helena Colden, a 37-year-old country veterinarian, dies of cancer and leaves her husband David with a menagerie of rescued animals. She can see him struggling from the other side. Helena is helplessly watching him trying to cope with his grief, as well as take care of the emotionally and physically damaged animals that he cannot relate to. David is a lawyer in New York City, so his commute and his work day are exhausting. However, he still has to deal with the demands of the dogs, cats, horses, and pig that need his care, too. These animals are also missing Helena's gentle love, and now they are left with David who doesn't understand them.
Then Helena begins to see the lives of other people who were not that close to her during her life, and she wonders why she is seeing their lives. As she watches their lives unfold, she begins to understand that they will ultimately come into her husband's life and change him forever. With their presence, he will discover the secret that she kept hidden from him while she was alive. His belief in his wife's integrity will never be the same again.
I have not enjoyed a book this much since I read The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein. Interestingly, Garth Stein reviewed this book and wrote, "An extraordinary story of animals, mortality, and the power of love. Everyone needs to read this novel!" The ending of Unsaid is so powerful that I will read the book again one day. That is really saying a lot for me.