The Book of Two Ways

The Book of Two Ways

A Novel

Book - 2020
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"Dawn Edelstein is on a plane when she is told to 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 of 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, their beloved daughter, and her work as a death doula. But somewhere in Egypt is Wyatt Armstrong, who works as an archaeologist unearthing ancient burial sites, a career Dawn once studied for but was forced to abandon. The airline ensures that the survivors are seen by a doctor, then offers transportation to wherever they want to go. The obvious destination is to fly home, but she could take another path: return to the archaeological site she left years before, reconnect with Wyatt and their unresolved history. As the story unfolds, Dawn's two possible futures unspool side by side, as do the secrets and doubts long buried with them."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2020]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781984818355
Branch Call Number: Picoult, J
PICOULT J
Characteristics: 417 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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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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tammygfarmgirl
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.

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midori_hon
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.

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Einer2
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.

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