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, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2020.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781432883348
Characteristics: 659 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Book of 2 ways

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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.

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.

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graybear1
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.

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erinsherlock
Dec 30, 2020

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

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Lindyr
Dec 19, 2020

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

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