“A spellbinding literary thriller packed with psychological suspense and profound questions about motherhood, trauma and how death illuminates life.”

            —Amy Tan






About What Jonah Knew

A seven-year-old boy inexplicably recalls the memories of a missing 22-year-old musician in this psychological thriller about the fierce love between mothers and sons across lifetimes, a work of gripping suspense with a supernatural twist.

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About Barbara

Barbara Graham is the author of the New York Times bestseller Eye of My Heart, the national bestseller Women Who Run with the Poodles, and Camp Paradox, a memoir. Barbara has written for many publications, including O, National Geographic Traveler, Time, and Vogue. Her plays have been produced Off-Broadway in New York, and at theatres around the county. What Jonah Knew is her first novel.

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Praise for Barbara's Work

“...a terrific, engaging read, perfect for a cold rainy day by the fire. This novel is tough to put down. It asks us to suspend disbelief and, at the same time, makes a compelling argument for reincarnation. It's part thriller, part crime story, part exploration of what it means to face the death of a beloved child without being able to stop grieving because that child simply...disappeared. "


—Elizabeth George, author of the Inspector Lynley series

"I was hooked from the very beginning by the wonderful characters, unique plot and mystical influences of this fine, complex thriller."

Anne Lamott, author of Help Thanks Wow and Operating Instructions, on
What Jonah Knew

"Barbara Graham's shimmering novel brings new meaning to the concept of inherited family trauma and the very divide between life and death."

— Mark Epstein, MD, author of The Trauma of Everyday Life and
The Zen of Therapy on
What Jonah Knew

"Profoundly entertaining and entertainingly profound. What Jonah Knew is a celebration of the vital and powerful ties that bind us-to our children, to our selves, and to each other-across space and time."

—Ruth Ozeki, author of The Book of Form and Emptiness and A Tale for the Time Being

“Barbara Graham is a literary alchemist. What Jonah Knew not only grabs you from the first page, it makes the mystical believable and the human predicament shine with wit, wisdom, and love.”

—Tara Brach, meditation teacher and bestselling author of Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion

"Both a riveting mystery and a deep dive into the impact of grief, What Jonah Knew offers us not only hope but a fascinating meditation on the nature of love, identity and reality itself."

— JoAnne Tompkins author of What Comes After

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