The Book of Two Ways - Jodi Picoult

The Book of Two Ways

By Jodi Picoult

  • Release Date: 2020-09-22
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 267 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light comes a “powerful” (The Washington Post) novel about the choices that alter 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 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, in which she helps ease the transition between life and death for her clients.

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 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 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, 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 with 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?


  • Love this book, can’t wait to read it again!!

    By ki91690
    What a rich story, full of surprises and twists! I’ve been waiting for this one, now I’m hoping for a sequel!!!!!
  • The book of two ways

    By Nonna1210
    I did not enjoy this book at all ... and I am an avid fan .... there was nothing that I liked about it ...
  • Save your money

    By jannallee
    This is the most boring book I ever tried to read. Could not finish it and the parts I did read I skimmed over half of. Very disappointing.
  • The book of two ways

    By Kdelket
    Needs an ending.
  • Wonderful book

    By Buttercup8601
    Wonderful book that sheds light on the difficult subject of death, teaches you about Egyptology and of course a love story. I think this is one of Jodie Picoult’s best!
  • Amazing

    By Boo-Lady
    This is one of the best books I have ever read. The juxtaposition of the apparent contradictions of quantum physics (very clearly explained), with the apparent contradictions of the roles and behavior of Egyptian gods (also very clearly explained), intertwined with the contradictory stories of the main characters, is so incredibly delicious that there are not words to describe it. If you are unfamiliar with either quantum physics or theories about ancient Egypt, just let the story flow and enjoy it - but keep in mind that there may be apparent contradictions. That’s ok. It’s life.
  • Book of two ways

    By Cassipj
    A very different read for Piccoult but I enjoyed the “you choose” ending.
  • Profound, provocative and intriguing

    By Sdrtywq
    I love her books. This is no exception. As a scientist I can appreciate the depth and accuracy of her research. As an artist, I am deeply engaged with her characters. This story will entertain and educate at the same time.
  • Disappointed

    By little freep
    Having read all of Jodi Picoult’s books and enjoyed them immensely, this was quite disappointing and I didn’t even finish it. It was quite a let down as I was anticipating it with excitement.
  • The Book of Two Ways

    By DeniseK.
    This is not one of Jodi Piccoult ‘s best books. I could not finish it. Very disappointing!