The Book of Two Ways

The Book of Two Ways

A Novel

Large Print - 2020
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"Dawn Edelstein's life instantly changes when the plane she's on crashes. Before impact, she thinks not of her husband but of a man she last saw fifteen years ago: Wyatt Armstrong. Dawn, miraculously, survives the crash. She could return [to] Boston, back to her husband, their beloved daughter, and her work as a death doula. Or she could go to Egypt to find Wyatt, who works as an archaeologist, a career Dawn once studied for but abandoned. She could potentially 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 with them."--Page [4] of cover.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2020.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781432883348
Characteristics: 659 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.


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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.

STPL_Kerry Jan 25, 2021

I can see why the ratings on this book are so divided. There were things I loved about it (if you are not interested in Ancient Egypt it probably won't hold a lot of appeal for you) and there were topics that were new and compelling for me - and also that 'ifficult with no right answer' desision that characters must make which is common to Jodi Picoult novels that leaves you wondering "what would I do?". HOWEVER, there were large sections that I found myself skimming over as it was reading too much like a text book (quantam physics is not something I can wrap my mind around!!), and sometimes the nonlinear storyline gets a little confusing. I think if it ended differently it would have made it pretty close to 5 stars....!

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