The Book of Two Ways: A stunning novel about life, death and missed opportunities
‘A writer the world should be reading right now.’ Independent
Who would you be, if you hadn’t turned out to be the person you are now?
Dawn is a death doula, and spends her life helping people make the final transition peacefully.
But when the plane she’s on plummets, she finds herself thinking not of the perfect life she has, but the life she was forced to abandon fifteen years ago – when she left behind a career in Egyptology, and a man she loved.
Against the odds, she survives, and the airline offers her a ticket to wherever she needs to get to – but the answer to that question suddenly seems uncertain.
As the path of her life forks in two very different directions, Dawn must confront questions she’s never truly asked: What does a well-lived life look like? What do we leave behind when we go? And do we make our choices, or do our choices make us?
Two possible futures. One impossible choice.
‘It is hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes.’ Financial Times
‘Her intelligent, meticulously researched novels explore ethical dilemmas through heartrending, headline-grabbing scenarios.’ The Sunday Times
‘A matchless talent for hitting emotional notes.’ Irish Times
A writer the world should be reading right now * Independent * It is hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes * Financial Times * A wise, cerebral, propulsive adventure . . . It eruditely spans the worlds of Egyptology, university physics and end-of-life care, while never losing sight of its high-stakes human story... a captivatingly immersive, multilayered, painstakingly researched and impressively realised exploration of deeply human geographies -- Patricia Nicol * Sunday Times * Ambitious * The Times * This complex, time-shifting romance combines moral hazard with Wuthering Heights echoes and degree-level Egyptology. And there aren't many books you can say that about. -- Wendy Holden * Daily Mail * The pull of the well-drawn characters and powerful themes of regret and love make this head-spinning story a compelling read * Sunday Mirror * Literary powerhouse Jodi Picoult writes novels that make you think and her latest is no exception * Sunday Express * This brilliant Sliding Doors-style novel will really get you thinking * Sun, Fabulous Magazine * Riveting * Hello * A consummate storyteller * Saga * A thrilling adventure ... one that will lead readers to both learn a lot and also ask themselves key questions about how to create happy lives for themselves * Associated Press * Similar to Alice Hoffman's depiction of complex family ties, Picoult's latest stretches the importance of recognizing our bonds to those we love. Highly recommended for open-minded readers. * Library Journal, starred review * The Book of Two Ways is a return for Picoult to the themes of her earliest books -motherhood, complicated romantic love . . . Picoult, at this point in her career, could skilfully build tension in a broom closet, but the best part of this book is not the suspense; it's the look at the complexity of a woman as she enters middle age . . . [Picoult] always tells both sides of a story not with judgment, but with grace. * Washington Post * Picoult's fans will appreciate this multifaceted, high concept work. * Publishers Weekly * Picoult's fans will be more than ready for this puzzle of a novel . . .[they] will find heady themes to consider. * Booklist * Powerful and compelling * VIP Magazine * You're sure to be moved by the questions it poses about the meaning of life and death. Food for thought in these current crazy times * Heat * If you've ever wondered if you could have lived another life, you'll like this * Sun * Picoult's writing is insightful and richly descriptive * Press Association * A stunning Sliding Doors-style novel about life, death, and missed opportunities * East Anglian Daily Times, Top 10 of 2020 *
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