The Book of Two Ways

The Book of Two Ways

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"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?"--
Publisher: Solon, Ohio :, Findaway World, LLC,, [2020]
Description: 1 audio media player (approximately 16 hr.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in
Copyright Date: ℗2020
ISBN: 9781662261022
Branch Call Number: SWPL Pico


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Feb 26, 2021

Picoult's books usually move quite quickly even with in-depth character development. This one did not. The story of Dawn Edelstein, a plane crash survivor, is one of a woman caught between two loves -- her husband Brian who she shares a daughter with and Wyatt the man she left in Egypt fifteen years ago. As a "death doula", Dawn helps people navigate their final journey with any and all requests except medical. As Dawn deals with her own dilemma, Wynn, her current client, asks Dawn to find the man she always loved and tell him she's dying. Although complex, the story is interesting but get bogged down in Picoult's detailed explanations of Egyptian history, quantum mechanics, and her thoughts on dying in America. The various topics could lead to a heated discussion in a book club -- especially the ending which leaves the reader hanging.

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