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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Nov 28, 2020

I really enjoyed this book, but was very disappointed with the ending. I think the author failed her readers here. The reader is lead along throughout the book to wonder what choice she will eventually make. I won't spoil the ending for other readers, but suspect others will be disappointed as well.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Nov 28, 2020

While Egyptologists reciting Egyptian love poetry to each other during sex definitely feels a bit contrived (perhaps because I've been reading a lot of light romcom titles recently), there is a lot to love about this title that explores the choices we make for ourselves and our families and what the alternate path might hold.

Nov 16, 2020

Wish I’d read the reviews before investing the time in the book. I love Picoult’s books...but not this one. It was challenging to stay connected to the beautiful love story between Olive and Wyatt and Dawn and Brian, when it felt like there was an academic text on Egyptology and Quantum Physics wedged in between. I was sorely disappointed in this book.

Nov 08, 2020

As always, Picoult's research is impeccable, but it was tedious trying to wade through all the Egyptology and quantum physics. There were parts that were enjoyable, but this is definitely not up to her usual standard.

Oct 31, 2020

Bad, bad, bad...dull, physics and Egyptology lecture. Cannot find characters intersting. What is meant to be a marital crisis lacks introspection or insight. When Picoult fails it she fails in spectacular fashion!! Don't bother trying to slog through this one

Oct 30, 2020

I really, really, really did want to like this book! Believe me, I tried! It is quite heavy with facts about Ancient Egypt, so prepare for some full-on schooling on the topic. At times, I thought I was reading a textbook! But I pushed through, hoping that once we are past the facts we can really get to the story. Her detailed descriptions did help paint beautiful, vivid pictures of the scenes and characters, and by the end I really was excited to see how all this would wrap up. Instead, I was left completely underwhelmed. It was as if the author suddenly realized she had to submit this, and all attention to detail went flying out the window. In some ways, I feel like I wasted my time. If you want to learn a lot about Ancient Egypt, go ahead! Otherwise, I advise to entertain yourself with another book.

Oct 21, 2020

Anthropology geek, plus quantum physics, fan of Jodi Picoult since she's the master of showing all sides of an issue. This sounded like a slam dunk of a book to sink my teeth into. Her style didn't evolve- it warp sped into something else. What a let down. Could not get into it, even after 50 pages. First time I gave up on one of her books. Have read reviews where the ending was disappointing as well. Too many books on the TBR list, to force my way through this one.

Oct 19, 2020

Awful book!

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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