The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult
A heart wrenching, devour worthy read that splits your heart in two different directions.
Have you ever wondered about the decisions you never took, how they play out in a possible alternate universe? Maybe you ended up richer in this alternate universe, married to someone else, in a bigger house, or in a smaller home. I am one that has always been plagued with those type of philosophical thoughts of my alternative outcomes. Jodi Picoult has taken that theory and entwined it into a beautiful yet plaguing theme of “two outcomes” type story which has brought me to tears but also left me hopeful.
Dawn Edlestein, our leading lady is on a flight when she’s all of a sudden alerted that there will be a crash landing. Dawn is one of the lucky survivors and is seen by doctors, then offered a free flight anywhere of her choice. She then decides her destination…
In that split second we see Dawn’s two outcomes, the book itself becomes split with each of the decisions she makes at that very moment played out. Dawn in one alternate chooses to head back home to Boston, to her loving husband of 14 years, teen-aged daughter and successful career as a Death Doula. In the other alternate she chooses to go to Egypt, to Wyatt Armstrong.
What’s in Egypt you ask? A past life (graduate student days), she used to be an Egyptologist dig tomb sites and research the ancient Book of Two Ways which is what she was basing her thesis on. After an incident with her mom happened she had to leave abruptly one semester leaving all her hard work behind, never looking back. Until now with the biggest anchor (Wyatt) calling her split fate back to Egypt. He was once her competitor and fellow graduate student always pining for the professors attention and praise. They were equals in knowledge and trust to the professor. And what happened all those years ago with all that heat, sand dust, and competitive nature?
If you guessed a deep yearning attraction that leads to explosive romance on a dig site you are correct.
So with this split or alternate realities unfolding, both reuniting with Wyatt again and answering all his questions, and returning home to all the secrets and obstacles that await her there, Dawn faces no easy path. With each new revelation my heart would pause and break for Dawn yet mend back together as she picked herself back up and kept on, keepin’ on.
The Book of Two Ways left me breathless all throughout in both good ways and bad. Picoult penned such a strong female lead, someone so relatable to me. Dawn is a sister, a mother, a wife, someone with regrets, a woman with wants, needs, and aspirations. Her characteristics were so relatable which made all the heart wrenching moments all the more severe to my heart and mind. No matter which outcome I favored in the moment or which man I wanted it to work out with, I always wanted Dawn’s happiness first. This is the kind of resounding read that will last in my heart for years to come. I can see myself coming back to it to refer to my favorite moments.
I am giving this book 4.5 stars, it is a staple in my “Favorites” category and could not recommend it enough. Please give this a read. The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult is filled with complex characters that face extreme emotional challenges, but all of it inspires courage to seek truth and happiness for yourself.
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