What Jon­ah Knew

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September 1, 2021

Author, play­wright, and jour­nal­ist Bar­bara Gra­ham has spent her career explor­ing psy­chol­o­gy, spir­i­tu­al­i­ty, par­ent­hood, and health. Sev­er­al years ago, while research­ing a piece on past life regres­sion ther­a­py for Self mag­a­zine, she became fas­ci­nat­ed with the top­ic, and it stayed with her until one day inspi­ra­tion struck. That inspi­ra­tion takes form in her daz­zling debut nov­el, What Jon­ah Knew, in which a sev­en-year-old boy mys­te­ri­ous­ly recalls the mem­o­ries of a miss­ing twen­ty-two-year-old musi­cian, while also limn­ing the fierce love between moth­ers and sons. It is a grip­ping work of psy­cho­log­i­cal sus­pense that explores PTSD through mul­ti­ple lens­es: inher­it­ed fam­i­ly trau­ma (sev­er­al of Jonah’s fam­i­ly mem­bers were killed at Auschwitz), Zen, Tibetan Bud­dhism, and well-doc­u­ment­ed stud­ies con­duct­ed at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Vir­ginia School of Med­i­cine on chil­dren who spon­ta­neous­ly recall a pre­vi­ous life. The book rais­es pro­found ques­tions not just about the after-life, but about how to live now.

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