Book review: The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

Photo of the book of two ways. Cover depicts water, land and the rising sun.

The book of two ways caught my attention at the library and I borrowed it with Three Women and a Boat. The author’s name, Jodi Picoult, was familiar to me, but I was surprised to discover I hadn’t read any of her books.

When I began reading The book of two ways I was interested that Egyptian archaeology features in it. By coincidence I recently began reading a book I inherited called Winged Pharaoh by Joan Grant. I became bogged down in the second part of it and set it aside at least for the time being. I’d like to finish reading Winged Pharaoh, not least because I have two other books about ancient Egypt by the same author.

After that diversion I shall continue with the present review!

Another strand in the book of two ways is theoretical physics. The possibility of parallel universes affects the main character, who has a dilemma about which of two paths through life would have been best for her.

People’s attitudes to death are explored in the context of ancient Egypt and the present day. The timeline is complex with jumps between places and times with embedded reminiscences. It took me 8 days to read the 404 pages of this excellent novel; I didn’t consider giving up on it at any point. I shall be looking out for other books by this prolific writer.

The paperback copy I read was published by Hodder in 2020. It is also available in Hardback, ebook and audio formats.

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