The first time we see Janey she is in Trinidad on holiday, which is where Noah is conceived after she had a fling with someone she met there. Trinidad is the larger and more populous of the two major islands of Trinidad and Tobago. The island lies 11 km off the northeastern coast of Venezuela and sits on the continental shelf of South America.
When we first meet Jerry, he has been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia. Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) is a neurological syndrome in which language capabilities become slowly and progressively impaired. Unlike other forms of aphasia that result from stroke or brain injury, PPA is caused by neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease or Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration.
Jerry reads about Ravel, who also suffered from this disease. French composer Maurice Ravel suffered from a mysterious progressive dementia from about 1927 when he was 52 years old. He gradually lost the ability to speak, write and play the piano.
The book that is about reincarnation has excerpts about cases of Dr Jim Tucker in his book “Life after Life”. Jim Tucker is a child psychiatrist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. His main research interests are children who claim to remember previous lives, and natal and prenatal memories.