We didn't know how good life was...until we all lost touch.

When We Lost Touch is a genre-bending novel primarily set in the first 18 months of a deadly pandemic. It will be read as historical fiction in the future, but as contemporary fiction now for readers who will find their own pandemic experiences mirrored in the challenges and lives of the characters.

“Across the world, a virus was gathering strength, invisible tentacles reaching out across countries, continents, oceans and borders. It originated in Wuhan, China, a city of 11 million people that most Americans, nationalistic and self-absorbed as we tend to be, had never heard of.” - Susan Kraus



Grace, a family therapist, returns from a cruise to find that life has been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. Her daughter's graduate program goes virtual, and her 11-year-old grandson on the spectrum is home 24/7 with school by Zoom. Her best friend, Katrina, contracts the virus early on but isn't recovering. On top of that, Grace is called to facilitate a COVID grief group, whose members express rage and sadness at the senseless deaths of people they love.  

Meanwhile, Molly and Mike forge a long-distance friendship over Zoom. A young couple, Zed and Cherry, finds validation and connection in QAnon. And on another front, Theo, a respiratory therapist, questions the ethics of keeping oxygen-starved patients alive.  

When We Lost Touch is contemporary historical fiction set during the first 18 months of a deadly pandemic. Ordinary people lose touch with friends, family, reality, and truth as they're caught in a war zone where most of the casualties are taken down by friendly fire. Kraus expertly weaves stories that portray life during a pandemic, providing a gripping, nuanced look at political, social, and medical challenges.