Micro review: ‘The Book of Two Ways’ by Jodi Picoult – Times of India


Title: The Book of Two Ways
Author: Jodi Picoult
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Price: 2123 INR
Pages: 432 (Hardcover)

‘The Book of Two Ways’ by Jodi Picoult shows how incredibly she writes about family and how great she is at research.
The story starts with Dawn Edelstein on a plane about to have a crash landing. As her perceived end looms closer, her thoughts don’t linger on her husband and daughter as much they go to Wyatt Armstrong and the life with him she didn’t have. She survives the crash but questions the life she’s leading. Though she loves her husband and daughter, she can’t shake off her past now that Wyatt is in her mind. The book shows the two ways her life can be, though the ending and her choice is anyone’s guess.
All believable characters need good research behind them but the depth of research Picoult did on her character’s professions is impressive. Wyatt is an archaeologist in Egypt, Brian, her husband, is a physicist and she is a death doula, in a beautifully bizarre mix and readers will feel educated on Egyptology and quantum physics by the end of the book. While some might find it fascinating, others who simply want a family drama might find it a little heavy.
Picoult is known for both thought-provoking and heart-warming books but this book is educating as well. It isn’t a fast read but it’s definitely one worth getting lost in.

How critics view the book:

“Jodi Picoult fans rejoice! . . . The Book of Two Ways is one story you won’t be able to put down,” said CNN

“Picoult’s fans will appreciate this multifaceted, high-concept work,” wrote Publishers Weekly

“Jodi Picoult knows how to write allll the feels, and The Book of Two Ways is no exception,” said Cosmopolitan

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