I was absolutely over the moon to receive an ARC of Jodi Picoult’s latest book which comes out September 22nd 2020 called The Book of Two Ways. This woman can truly do no wrong in my book and this novel did not disappoint. In this novel, Dawn Edelstein survives a plane crash and in what she believes to be her last moments, she thinks about a long lost love of hers named Wyatt Armstrong instead of her husband Brian and daughter, Meret. Following the crash, the airline provides transportation anywhere the survivors want to go. Dawn is faced with a choice: to return to Boston and continue life as she knows it working as a death doula with her husband and daughter or to return to the archaeological site in Egypt where she last saw Wyatt and finish what she started.
I loved this book. I am always so impressed with how well researched Picoult is in each of her novels and this one is no different. I learned more about Egyptology and quantum physics than I ever thought I would reading a fiction novel! It is this meticulous research that is a hallmark of Picoult’s work that makes her characters jump off the page. All of this information is impeccably woven into the storyline in the unique voices of each of the characters therefore it flowed organically and ultimately enhanced the reading experience. This was one of those books that I struggled to started another one afterwards because I felt like I had to mourn the loss of a friendship I had formed with all of the characters in this book.
I loved how flawed Dawn is as a protagonist. She tries desperately to do the right thing but still ends up hurting the people she loves and wants to protect the most which is a sentiment that I think any reader can relate to. I thought Picoult’s choice to make her pursue a career as a death doula after abandoning her PhD work with Wyatt was so fitting because it felt as though she was mourning the ending of her own life as she knew it as she helped each client of hers leave this world.
Honestly, I can’t recommend this book enough. It has something in it for everyone and captures love and heartbreak, life and death, and so many other themes of life in such a captivating way. Thank you to NetGalley & Jodi Picoult for giving me the opportunity to enjoy this book before hits shelves on September 22nd 2020!
5 out of 5 stars