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Animal Rights Activist Signs New Novel, 'Just Life,' At Ridgefield Library

Author, attorney, and animal rights activist Neil Abramson will be at the Ridgefield Library at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 for a book talk and signing for his new novel, "Just Life."
Author, attorney, and animal rights activist Neil Abramson will be at the Ridgefield Library at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 for a book talk and signing for his new novel, "Just Life." Photo Credit: Liza Margulies, from Neil Abramson website

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Author, attorney, and animal rights activist Neil Abramson will be at the Ridgefield Library at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 for a book talk and signing for his new novel, "Just Life."

The event will be a reading, talk and Q&A followed by a book signing.

In the book, veterinarian Samantha Lewis and her team are dedicated to providing a sanctuary for unwanted, abused and abandoned dogs in New York City. But every day it gets harder to operate her no-kill shelter.

Sam is already at her breaking point when she learns of an unidentified, dangerous virus spreading through their neighborhood. The medical community can only determine that animals are the carriers. Amid growing panic and a demand for immediate answers, suspicion abruptly falls on dogs as the source.

Soon the governor is calling in the National Guard to enforce a quarantine--no dog may leave the area. As questions about the source of the virus mount, she is forced to make life-altering choices. Her motley crew of New Yorkers — a local priest, a troubled teen, a smart-mouthed former psychologist and a cop desperate to do the right thing — are all looking for sanctuary from their own personal demons.

But the person Sam needs the most to unravel the mystery of the virus and save the dogs is the last one she'd ever want to call on — because contacting him will mean confronting the traumatic past she has fought so hard to escape.

Books on the Common will partner with Ridgefield Library and Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue (ROAR). Abramson will also donate $1 to ROAR for every book sold at the event.

For more information, call Lesley Lambton at 203-438-2282, email lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org or click here.

The Ridgefield Library is at 472 Main St.

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