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Unsaid by Neil Abramson
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Dec 16, 11

Read from December 14 to 16, 2011

Because the book I read before this one was a bit of a chore, I was in need of something that would relax the reading muscles; be accessible, but totally engaging. I surely selected the right novel. There is some very fine writing in this book that elevated it, but really it's a great big old weepie about love, loss, life, death and our hairy, furry, feathered and scaly little friends. There's this dead woman telling the story, see, and her widowed husband is very sad, and then there's their friend with the dead little son and the wife who left him, and his friend with the disabled son whose husband was killed in Iraq or somewhere, and their other friend trying to save the intelligent, like-a-baby-to-her chimp that she was doing a research project on, and this horribly disfigured teen who saves stray animals (no lie!!), and the dead woman's very sad and lonely and dying pets. There's Evil Lawyers and Good Lawyers and a juicy, dramatic trial, and Science Run Amuck (R.I.P Michael Crichton) and the disabled boy can kind of channel the various dead people and animals. I cried several times, including this morning over breakfast right into my English muffin with port wine jelly (deeeeeee-lish!), huge drops o'tears just falling off of my face. This book made me miss my dear departed wittoo snuggle lump Gussy, and spend an evening holding hands with my husband, and come up behind my daughters and attack hug them for no apparent reason, because life is just too damn short, you know, and damn it, you never know what might happen in this vale of tears called human existence. It also made me really really really want a dog again which I mentioned several hundred times to Roger over the course of the 2 days I read this book, to which he replied: no, honey. no. no dog right now. maybe when I retire. (Roger's projected retirement date: the 12th of Never, 2168.) Something very terrible happens at the end (unlike all of the cheerful stuff earlier in the book?, you ask), but then's there's this lovely heartwarming coda that's still kind of really sad, but it was all perfect for me for this time of year when George Bailey realizes yes, damn it, I did make a difference and this sure is a wonderful life, and misfit toys find homes with big-eyed, large-headed children, and formerly mean green things carve the roast beast, and GOD BLESS US EVERYONE! (waving wee little crutch optional)
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Louise Behrendt Wow! Can't wait to read this in 2012!


Louise Behrendt Started reading it on Sunday; on page 42 or so, already cried a coupla times. . .


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