The Book of Two Ways

The Book of Two Ways

A Novel

Book - 2020
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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. She braces herself as thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband, but a man she last saw fifteen years ago: Wyatt Armstrong. Dawn, miraculously, survives the crash, but so do all the doubts that have suddenly been raised. She has led a good life. Back in Boston, there is her husband, Brian, her beloved daughter, and her work as a death doula, where she helps ease the transition between life and death for patients in hospice. 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 when life suddenly intervened. And now, when it seems that fate is offering her second chances, she is not as sure of the choice she once made. After the crash landing, the airline ensures the survivors are seen by a doctor, then offers transportation wherever they want to go. The obvious option for Dawn is to continue down the path she is on and go home to her family. The other is to return 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 possible futures unspool side by side, as do the secrets and doubts long buried beside them. Dawn must confront the questions she's never truly asked: What does a life well-lived look like? When we leave this 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 out to be the person you are right now?
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2020
Branch Call Number: FICTION PIC
Characteristics: 417 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Book of 2 ways


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Jan 17, 2021

I have been enthusiastic about all the Jodi Picoult books I have read - until this one. If you are very keen to be instructed frequently about Egyptian archaeology, or quantum physics, you might enjoy this book. It moves between time and relationships in what felt to me like an awkward way. I was disappointed with it and didn’t finish it. I am at an age where I no longer feel like I should finish books if I’m not enjoying them. There are just too many good ones out there for me to read.

ontherideau Jan 15, 2021

The work of a death doula and an Egyptologist is of interest.The statement "Fat is not who you are, it's something you have." is worth noting. The romance drama and flipping between time settings even within chapters is overdone.

Jan 15, 2021

I'm an ardent Picoult fan, but this one was disappointing. I nearly gave up on it several times. Not very interesting and the main characters were not likeable or came off as caricatures. Much of it read like a rather boring textbook that was way too detailed. She usually writes about issues that are difficult and even controversial. The main character's "dilemma" in this novel seemed very immature and not worthy of all the drama.
I hope this author is back in form soon. I look forward to a better effort next time.

Main character is not likable and simple story of a love triangle is padded with pedantry. I skimmed through most of it.

Dec 30, 2020

hhhmm, I'm usually a Piccoult fan but this one failed me.

Dec 19, 2020

It was a great book until the end, since there was no ending.

Dec 14, 2020

This is really hard to describe. I found it incredibly boring in parts. I nearly didn't keep reading. I don't care about quantum physics or Egyptology, and the fact that Jodi decided this time out to be a professor and lecture on those topics. The story, as compares to her other books, also fell flat. I couldn't keep track of what time line I was in. All in all, I wouldn't recommend it, and that is the first time I can say that about one of her books........but there were parts that I did like. Win's story was the best part of the book for me.

Dec 12, 2020

i wish I'd paid closer attention when picoult discussed researching this story at the signing event for an earlier book. egyptology plus quantum physics was a challenging combination, especially when there was a twist of the kaleidoscope. readers may love or hate the book of two ways, it's certainly thought provoking.

Dec 08, 2020

A bit of a tough slog to get through all of the Egyptology and Quantum physics but the base of the story was interesting and I gained a respect for a profession I didn't know existed.

Dec 06, 2020


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