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 is 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. Now, when it seems that fate is offering her second chances, she is not as sure of the life choice she once made.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, ©2020.
ISBN: 9780735276901
Characteristics: 417 pages ;,25 cm.

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swimrower93
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.

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Aunteloise
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

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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.

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retiring_rep
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.

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marytatum
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.

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JamesMallory
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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Margush
Jan 19, 2021

Nope, not for me. Pretentious. Reads like a textbook but I didn’t want one.

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mimsipod
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.

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