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The Book of Two Ways Reviews

The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

The Book of Two Ways: A stunning novel about life, death and missed opportunities

Jodi Picoult

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2 reviews

Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 20 Oct 2020
ISBN: 9781473692404

Jodi Picoult's new bestseller explores life, death, and misssed opportunities.

3 stars out of 5
Sarah Ditum
31 Oct 2020

"even an experienced storyteller like Picoult cannot save it from being smothered by its concept"

This is a novel about second chances, and wondering if you made the right decisions, and the unforgiving finiteness of life. Which makes it thematically fitting, if not very enjoyable, that reading it is one long reminder (and gosh The Book of Two Ways does feel long) of your dwindling mortal days. Jodi Picoult’s novel begins excitingly enough, with the narrator Dawn plunging out of the sky in a horror plane crash. When she’s recovered from her injuries, she’s offered a ticket anywhere in the world: should she go home to her husband, Brian, and their teenage daughter in Boston, Massachusetts, or follow her heart to Egypt in search of the life (and man) she left behind?


4 stars out of 5
Patricia Nicol
25 Oct 2020

"(a) painstakingly researched and impressively realised exploration of deeply human geographies"

The Book of Two Ways, a wise, cerebral, propulsive adventure yarn for grown-ups, shows why. It eruditely spans the worlds of Egyptology, university physics and end-of-life care, while never losing sight of its high-stakes human story...

Moving between an Egyptian dig site and Boston, this is a captivatingly immersive, multilayered, painstakingly researched and impressively realised exploration of deeply human geographies.