WHAT JONAH KNEW: Author Barbara Graham In Conversation With Susan Griffin


August 3, 2022 - 7:00pm

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Please join us on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM Pacific Time for an in-person discussion of WHAT JONAH KNEW with author Barbara Graham in conversation with Susan Griffin.

You can order a print copy at https://bit.ly/ggpJonah, or in audiobook from Libro.fm, GGP's audiobook partner, at https://bit.ly/JonahAB.


“A spellbinding literary thriller packed with psychological suspense and profound questions about motherhood, trauma and how death illuminates life.”—Amy Tan, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and Where the Past Begins

“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

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 that will mesmerize fans of Chloe Benjamin and Lisa Jewell.

Helen Bird will stop at nothing to find Henry, her musician son who has mysteriously disappeared in upstate New York. Though the cops believe Henry’s absence is voluntary, Helen knows better.

While she searches for him—joined finally by police—Jonah is born to Lucie and Matt Pressman of Manhattan. Lucie does all she can to be the kind of loving, attentive mother she never had, but can’t stop Jonah’s night terrors or his obsession with the imaginary “other mom and dog” he insists are real.

Whether Jonah’s anxiety is caused by nature or nurture—or something else entirely—is the propulsive mystery at the heart of the novel.

All hell breaks loose when the Pressmans rent a summer cottage in Aurora Falls, where Helen lives. How does Jonah, at seven, know so much about Henry, Helen’s still-missing son? Is it just a bizarre coincidence? An expression of Jung’s collective unconscious? Or could Jonah be the reincarnation of Henry?

Faced with more questions than answers, Helen and Lucie set out to make sense of the insensible, a heart-stopping quest that forces them to redefine not just what it is to be a mother or a human being, but the very nature of life—and death—because of what Jonah knows.

About Barbara Graham

Barbara Graham is an author, essayist, and playwright. Her pieces have appeared in many magazines and websites, including Glamour, O, the Oprah Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Psychotherapy Networker, Redbook, Self, Time, Utne Reader, Vogue, and npr.org, in addition to being collected in numerous anthologies. She 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. Her plays have been produced Off-Broadway at the WPA Theatre in New York and at theaters around the country. For more about Barbara Graham and her writing, visit: https://barbaragrahamauthor.com.

About Susan Griffin

Susan Griffin, the author of over twenty books, is esteemed both for her innovative thought and creative literary style. Her classic work, “Woman and Nature,” has been published recently by Counterpoint Press in a new edition. “A Chorus of Stones: the Private Life of War,” a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, blends history and memoir, as do two other books she has written as part of a series she calls “a social autobiography.” She has received the Fred Cody Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement by the Northern California Book Reviewers, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Northern California Book Award for Nonfiction, an honorary doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Commonwealth Silver Award for Poetry. Her play “Voices” won an Emmy. Currently, she is continuing to write a long poem called “Mississippi,” and a book called “Strong Man” that connects fascism with sexual predation, and is also completing “Out of Silence Sound, Out of Nothing Something: A Guidebook for Writers,” to be published by Counterpoint Press. More about her work can be found at susangriffin.com.


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