Author: Jodi Picoult
Narrator: Patti Murin
Publication Date: September 29, 2020
The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult is a very unique book that I enjoyed a lot.
Dawn is in a plane crash. After surviving she has two choices. She can either go home to her family or go to Egypt to see her first love, Wyatt. Both stories are told in alternating chapters. It was so interesting to see Dawn’s different options.
The Book of Two Ways is a very complex story. There is the double timeline which is very unique and I loved. The Book of Two Ways has historical information from Egypt. This was spread throughout the story of Dawn and Wyatt. I thought this added to the story.
Years ago Dawn was studying to be an archaeologist in Egypt which is how she met Wyatt. Dawn had a family emergency, so had to leave Egypt unexpectedly. Wyatt is now an archaeologist, so Dawn works with him when she visits Egypt. This is showing her how life could’ve been if she never left.
In the other storyline, Dawn goes back home to her family. Dawn is dealing with relationship struggles with her husband, Brian. Dawn also has a difficult relationship with her daughter.
Brian met Dawn as soon as she moved back home and quickly develops a relationship. All these years later Dawn is left to wonder if Brian is the right man for her. Did Dawn ever love Brian if she never stopped loving Wyatt?
The Book of Two Ways goes back and forth between these two stories, and also flips between the start of the relationships and the present day. Dawn is stuck in a love triangle in different time periods and has to figure out what is best for her. On top of dealing with her romantic feelings, Dawn has to think about her daughter who is the most important person to her.
Another interesting part of the book is Dawn’s job. Dawn is a death doula. I didn’t even know this job existed but was fascinated by it.
I have read all of Jodi Picoult’s books and loved all of them. The Book of Two Ways is no different. The Book of Two Ways has everything you would expect in a Picoult novel: love, heartbreak, difficult choices and shocking revelations.
I listened to the audiobook and thought Patti Murin did a great job.
I recommend The Book of Two Ways.
About the author
Picoult is the recipient of many awards, including the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction, the Alex Awards from the YALSA, a lifetime achievement award for mainstream fiction from the Romance Writers of America, the NH Literary Award for Outstanding Literary Merit and the Sarah Josepha Hale Award. She holds honorary doctor of letters degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of New Haven.
Picoult is the recipient of many awards, including the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction, the Alex Awards from the YALSA, a lifetime achievement award for mainstream fiction from the Romance Writers of America, and the NH Literary Award for Outstanding Literary Merit. She holds honorary doctor of letters degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of New Haven. She is also a member of the advisory board for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.
Picoult lives in New Hampshire with her husband. They have three children.
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