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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

Dawn thinks she knows everything there is to know about dying. As a death doula she helps her clients fix what is left undone so they can peacefully make the final transition. But when her plane plummets from the sky and she thinks she is experiencing the last moments of her life, she is shocked to find that she isn’t thinking of her husband or teenage daughter – but of a road she strayed from 15 years earlier, when she turned her back on her PhD studies.

Against all odds, Dawn survives, and the airline gives her a free ticket to wherever she needs to get to. in alternating chapters, we see possible choices: Land – returning to her husband, a quantum physicist who studies the possibilities of parallel universes, she is faced with a test to her marriage and a daughter who is struggling with self-image issues. And Water: returning to her studies and the archaeological site she worked on 15 years earlier, where the man she abandoned is about to make the discovery of a lifetime.

But time may not be as straightforward as we think. As Dawn explores her possible futures, she is finding out what a well-lived life means, what we leave behind of ourselves when we leave the earth, and who she might have been…

(P) 2020 Penguin Random House Audio
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 20th October 2020

Price: £24.99

ISBN-13: 9781529372137

Reviews

A writer the world should be reading right now
Independent
It is hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes
Financial Times
A thrilling adventure ... one that will lead readers to both learn a lot and also ask themselves key questions about how to create happy lives for themselves
Daily Mail
Similar to Alice Hoffman's depiction of complex family ties, Picoult's latest stretches the importance of recognizing our bonds to those we love. Highly recommended for open-minded readers.
Library Journal, starred review
The Book of Two Ways is a return for Picoult to the themes of her earliest books -motherhood, complicated romantic love . . . Picoult, at this point in her career, could skilfully build tension in a broom closet, but the best part of this book is not the suspense; it's the look at the complexity of a woman as she enters middle age . . . [Picoult] always tells both sides of a story not with judgment, but with grace.
Washington Post
Picoult's fans will appreciate this multifaceted, high concept work.
Publishers Weekly
Picoult's fans will be more than ready for this puzzle of a novel . . .[they] will find heady themes to consider.
Booklist
Powerful and compelling
VIP Magazine
The pull of the well-drawn characters and powerful themes of regret and love make this head-spinning story a compelling read
Sunday Mirror
This brilliant Sliding Doors-style novel will really get you thinking
Sun, Fabulous Magazine
A consummate storyteller
Saga
You're sure to be moved by the questions it poses about the meaning of life and death. Food for thought in these current crazy times
Heat