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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.

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'It is hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes.' Financial Times

'A matchless talent for hitting emotional notes.' Irish Times

'A wise, cerebral, propulsive adventure . . . 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.' The Sunday 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.' Daily Mail

The book of two ways - Jodi Picoult

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Title
The book of two ways
Author
Jodi Picoult
format
Hardback
Publisher
Hodder & Stoughton
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20201020

Order Jodi Picoult's stunning new novel about life, death, and missed opportunities.

THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


'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.

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'It is hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes.' Financial Times

'A matchless talent for hitting emotional notes.' Irish Times

'A wise, cerebral, propulsive adventure . . . 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.' The Sunday 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.' Daily Mail

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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-four internationally bestselling novels, including My Sister's Keeper, The Storyteller and Small Great Things, and has also co-written two YA books with her daughter Samantha van Leer, Between the Lines and Off the Page. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and children.
Jodi's UK website is www.jodipicoult.co.uk and she can be found on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/JodiPicoultUK and twitter.com/jodipicoult, and on Instagram at instagram.com/jodipicoult.

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
Sunday Times - Patricia Nicol

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.
Daily Mail - Wendy Holden

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

How many of us have looked back on a decision that changed our lives
and wondered: what if we had made a different choice? Picoult's novel The Book of Two Ways
digs into this very question and the result is incredibly
thought-provoking. Dawn Edelstein was once a young grad student working
on a dig in Egypt, in love with a fellow Egyptologist, and getting ever
closer to proving a radical new theory about ancient Egyptians' burial
rituals for the road to the afterlife. Then a phone call from home
changed everything. Fifteen years later, Dawn is married, with a teenage
daughter, and working in Boston as a death doula, helping the dying
prepare to leave this world in the best way possible. When Dawn has a
near-death experience she is confronted with the question of whether the
good life she has could have been a great one. Dawn doesn't just ponder
the question-she returns to Egypt, and the man she once loved, to see
if she can find the answer. Picoult incorporates fascinating details
about Egyptology into her novel-the title comes from an ancient Egyptian
tome of the same name-bringing history and a universal connection into
the story. The Book of Two Ways is a provocative exploration
into monumental questions: about the life we are living, who we want to
be with when we die, and whether it's possible-and acceptable-to change
our mind, return to the trailhead, and go another way.

Seira Wilson, Amazon Best Book of September 2020

Type
BOOK
Edition
Hardback original
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
415

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