About the Book

Unsaid is about the limits (both real and self-imposed) of communication and the healing power of the human-animal bond.  It is narrated by Helena, a veterinarian who has died, but cannot move on because she is terrified of confronting the mistakes she believes she has made in her life, the thousands of animals she euthanized over the course of her career, and, perhaps most of all, her growing belief that her thirty-seven years of life were insignificant.

Driven by her need for closure, connection and meaning, Helena haunts — and is haunted by — the life she has been forced to leave behind: her shattered attorney husband, David; her houseful of damaged but beloved animals; and Cindy, a chimpanzee to whom she helped teach sign language, and who may hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of animal consciousness.  Helena finally finds her answers when David takes on a legal case to try to save Cindy’s life and, using all of Helena’s past work, must prove what it really means to be “human.”

Unsaid examines the significance of this looming change in very human and emotional terms, using it to explore the power of the human-animal bond.

A percentage from the proceeds from Unsaid will be donated to Finally Home – A Sanctuary For Animals, Inc. so that lost, abandoned and abused domesticated and farm animals may live out the remainder of their natural lives free from harm.