Periodically, I read a novel that I want to include in our humane education graduate programs because the novel speaks a deeper, more poignant and more powerful truth than any work of non-fiction.
Unsaid by Neil Abramson is one such novel.
In it we learn about the depth of human compassion, as well as human cruelty, towards animals. We learn about the ways in which we are like other animals, rather than hearing the unceasing societal litany about our differences. We learn about the ways in which using our talents and skills in service to our values brings peace, solace, joy, and redemption. We learn about kindness. But lest you think this is a teacherly book with all this learning going on, it is also one of those page turners that is nearly impossible to put down.
If you read one book of fiction this year, let it be Unsaid.
Zoe Weil, President, Institute for Humane Education
Author of Most Good, Least Harm, Above All, Be Kind, and The Power and Promise of Humane Education
My TEDxConejo talk: “Solutionaries”
My TEDxDirigo talk: “The World Becomes What You Teach“
My TEDxYouth@BFS “Educating for Freedom”
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