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.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2020.
ISBN: 9780735276901
Branch Call Number: PIC
Characteristics: 417 pages ; 25 cm

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cathy22
Oct 19, 2020

Awful book!

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harryanddiane
Oct 17, 2020

I've been a fan of Jodi's for years but this one was a HUGE disappointment. It seemed like 80% Egyptology course and (maybe) 20% story. I'm sorry I forced myself to keep reading after the first 20 to 40 pages. Unless you love ancient dynasties and hieroglyphics, it's not worth your time.

JCLCatherineG Oct 13, 2020

There’s no question that Picoult knows how to craft a story, but this one was a little too disjointed for me. I knew that a story about two different time lines would go back and forth but it was sometimes difficult to follow the track, as well as past or present, of the main character.

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ladodd
Oct 01, 2020

Loved it!

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brangwinn
Sep 23, 2020

Unlike other Jodi Picoult books, this one took a long time for me to get into it. Once I did though I understood the importance of all the detail about ancient Egyptian beliefs about death and quantum mechanics. It is sort of like going to school. You learn all the facts, but its not until you are grown that you can put all the pieces together from your former classes and make connections. Dawn, who is a death doula helping people die, thinks she is going to die as the plane she is in plummets to earth. She lives, but in those few minutes reflects on her life and wonders if she had done something different what her life would be like. So after the crash, instead of returning to her rock-steady quantum mechanics professor husband and her teenaged daughter, she boards a flight to Egypt to find the man she loved before having to reshape her life after her mother’s death. She was a brilliant Yale Egyptology graduate student who was working on her dissertation about the “Book of Two Ways”, an ancient Egyptian book about death. She was working with a man whom she loved on a dig in Egypt when her mother’s cancer forced her back to Boston to be with her mother and raise her younger brother. While with her mom in the hospice home, she met Brian, the professor she loved. And here’s where the background Picoult has set forth in the first part of the book becomes important. She gets her degree in social work and becomes a death doula helping people die. When a client dying of cancer asks her to take a letter to a former lover in Britain, Dawn starts questioning choices she made in choosing to marry Brian instead of returning to Egypt. The book requires some heavy thinking, as Picoult looks at the various facets of being a woman, motherhood, and choices. The story is complex with “what if” questions that are not easily answered.

JCLHeatherC Jul 15, 2020

This book had me at Egypt and did not disappoint. The thing I love most about a Jodi Picoult book is the humanity on display. Raw and unvarnished, she captures what it means to be human, flaws and all. A must read.

debwalker Mar 11, 2020

When a near-death experience makes you rethink everything.....

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