The Book of Two Ways

The Book of Two Ways

A Novel

Book - 2020
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From the #1 bestselling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great Things , a riveting novel about the choices that change the course of our lives.

Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She's on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: prepare for a crash landing. As thoughts flash through her mind, Dawn braces herself for impact. The shocking thing is the thoughts are not of her husband but of a man she last saw fifteen years earlier.
Miraculously, Dawn survives the crash, but so do all the doubts she suddenly feels. She has led a good life. Back in Boston, she has her husband, Brian, her beloved daughter, and her work as a death doula who helps to ease the transition between life and death for her clients. But somewhere in Egypt is Wyatt Armstrong, who works as an archaeologist unearthing ancient burial sites, a job she once studied for, but was forced to abandon. Now, when it seems that fate is offering her second chances, she is not as sure of the life choices she once made.
After the crash, once they've been checked out by a doctor, the airline offers the passengers flights to a destination of their choice. The obvious thing for Dawn is to fly home, to her work, to her family. The other option that occurs to her, though, is to travel to the archaeological site she left years before, reconnect with Wyatt and their unresolved history, and maybe even complete her research on The Book of Two Ways--the first known map of the afterlife.
As the story unfolds, Dawn's two futures unspool side by side, as do the secrets and doubts she's kept buried. And then there are the questions she's never truly asked: What does a well-lived life look like? When we leave the earth, what do we leave behind? Do we make choices or do our choices make us? And, who would you be, if you hadn't turned into the person you are right now?

Publisher: Toronto :, Random House Canada,, ©2020.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780735276901
Branch Call Number: FICTION PIC
Characteristics: 417 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 17, 2021

Contrived plot.

Jun 08, 2021

Loved this book overall. Loved the words attributed to main character. Felt sympathy when her mother died but her waffling over which man to choose and her erratic behavior stretched my belief system.
And suddenly leaving her child made her unlike able

Jun 02, 2021

Love Jodi Picoult but not one of my favourites.

May 08, 2021

I found the main character's change from Egyptology to becoming a death doula intriguing. Well written and I really enjoyed the book.

Apr 17, 2021

I haven’t really finished this book. I am not into Egyptian history so found the beginning so boring. I tried to turn a bunch of pages but still boring, a real disappointment

Mar 28, 2021

I normally love Jodi Picoult's books and can't wait to put them down, but I found this one quite boring. I ended up skipping paragraphs since it seemed to delve too deeply into Egyptian history and, honestly, I don't think it really mattered when I did that. But I found it quite confusing anyway. Having just finished another book where the timeline diverged quite cleverly, I thought this was going to be the same but I'm not really sure it was (mostly because I couldn't seem to find the enthusiasm to read through it and just skipped to the end). I'm sure Jodi put a lot of energy into researching this novel but sadly, it's not one I'd recommend.

Mar 05, 2021

This book introduced me to Egyptology, ancient Egypt burial customs , the beauty of hieroglyphics and the beauty of the art found in and on coffins; the science and logic of quantum mechanics; lastly, death doulas and the preparatory stages before death. Among these elements is woven a complicated set of relationships among four main characters. Amazing! What worked for me is that each person was complicated in their own right as we are in reality, we all grow and change. There is no final action that sets the characters lives and that fits with the novel's premise of change. I have never read this author before but I will now.

loonylovesgood Mar 03, 2021

The first book in a long time that I couldn't finish. I really tried, because I usually enjoy Jodi's books. But it was so wordy, so overly descriptive with all the Egyptian stuff (which I would normally find interesting but it was just too much in this book) and the story just didn't interest me. Maybe one day I'll try again.

Feb 07, 2021

It was slow in beginning but I did like the comparison of the death doula and study of the Egyptians. I could understand the feelings regarding death and living and process of dying.

Jan 28, 2021

Ugh -- a really annoying and self-righteous first-person narrator with a complete lack of introspection assisted by some dishonest narrative (i.e. being unclear/deceptive about the order in which the various events unfold). Throw in way too much Egyptology and a few too many not-very-well-explained themes (e.g. the many-worlds hypothesis) and you end up with this bloated book. Don't forget the complete lack of an ending -- the desperate hope for a clever resolution was the only thing that kept me reading for the final 100 pages, but no such luck. Thumbs-down, unfortunately, since the author is obviously a good writer and could do much, much better.

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