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

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

Pre-order Jodi Picoult’s stunning new 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.

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‘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
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 20th October 2020

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9781473692404

Reviews

A writer the world should be reading right now
Independent
It is hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes
Financial Times
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

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