The Book of Two Ways

The Book of Two Ways

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, ME :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2020
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781432883348
1432883348
Characteristics: 659 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 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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