The Book of Two Ways

The Book of Two Ways

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light comes a riveting novel about the choices that change the course of our lives.

Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She's on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: 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 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, her beloved daughter, and her work as a death doula, where she helps ease the transition between life and death for patients in hospice.

But somewhere in Egypt is Wyatt Armstrong, who works as an archaeologist unearthing ancient burial sites, a job she once studied for, but was forced to abandon when life suddenly intervened. And now, when it seems that fate is offering her second chances, she is not as sure of the choice she once made.

After the crash landing, the airline ensures the survivors are seen by a doctor, then offers transportation wherever they want to go. The obvious option for Dawn is to continue down the path she is on and go home to her family. The other is to return to the archaeological site she left years before, reconnect with Wyatt and their unresolved history, and maybe even 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 beside them. Dawn must confront the questions she's never truly asked: What does a life well-lived look like? When we leave this earth, what do we leave behind? Do we make choices...or do our choices make us? And who would you be, if you hadn't turned out to be the person you are right now?

Title:The Book of Two Ways
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781984818355
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Hmmm… you see the alarming bell which warns you there is an unpopular review is about to come and of course I never expected it’s happening because I just finished a compelling novel of one of my ...

  • Melissa

    Because if there is a garden of maybes, you are the invasive plant I can’t ever get rid of. If there’s one thing I appreciate, it’s a storyline with the power to make me think, to ponder the ...

  • Elyse  Walters

    This novel should come with a warning: It’s TEXTBOOK TOP HEAVY.....“Mummies and Deadies” interweave with complexities of life - love - birth -death coaching - character backstories -superstition...

  • Paromjit

    Jodi Picoult's latest novel is a fascinating exploration of life, love, Egyptology and Egyptian history, and Physics, regrets and wondering how life might have turned out if different life choices had...

  • ScrappyMags

    Mummies, love, and a plane crash - oh my! Shortest Summary Ever: Dawn Edelstein nearly dies in a plane crash. This moment draws her back to Egypt where she left her former life behind (and a man named...

  • Debra

    3.5 stars "Life asked death, 'Why do people love me but hate you? ‘Death responded 'Because you are a beautiful lie and I am a painful truth." -Unknown Prepare for a Crash Landing. Everything chan...

  • Liz

    Nothing like a plane crash to make you re-think your life. That’s what happens to Dawn. She is one of 36 survivors to walk away from a crash. She uses the opportunity to fly anywhere by the airline ...

  • Michael David

    A book about love and loss, life and death...oh, and Egypt. A whole lot about Egyptology. Dawn lives in Boston with her husband, Brian, and her teenaged daughter, Merit. She is a death doula, someone ...

  • Cheri

    ’To die will be an awfully big adventure.’ -- J. M. BarrieA story filled with remembrances of people, some who lived long ago in Egypt, buried in tombs, and some who passed more recently. Some...

  • Barbara

    When she was in her mid-twenties, Dawn McDowell was a Ph.D. candidate in the Yale Egyptology program.........headed by Professor Dumphries, who led the department's dig at Deir el-Bersha.Dawn and fell...