What if, when faced with a near-death experience, the person who flashed into your mind wasn’t your husband? What if it was the one who got away?
That’s what happens to Dawn Edelstein, the heroine of Jodi Picoult’s new novel, The Book of Two Ways. It’s a riveting story about the choices that alter the course of our lives—and who you might be if you hadn’t turned out to be the person you are right now.
Join us on Tuesday, September 22 at 8:00 PM ET on Zoom for An Evening with Jodi Picoult to celebrate the launch of The Book of Two Ways. In conversation with Brit Bennett, author of The Vanishing Half, Jodi will discuss her inspiration for the novel, her experience researching ancient Egypt and archaeology, what it’s been like adjusting her writing routine in our strange new world, and so much more.
When you sign up to attend, you will have a chance to submit a question for Jodi ahead of the event. If your question is selected, you will get to appear onscreen during the event to ask it “face to face.” (You will be notified ahead of time if your question is chosen.)
Sign up for tickets on Eventbrite. Book orders will be fulfilled by The Norwich Bookstore, based in Norwich, VT.
Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She’s on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: Prepare for a crash landing. She braces herself as thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband but of a man she last saw fifteen years ago: Wyatt Armstrong.
Dawn, miraculously, survives the crash, but so do all the doubts that have suddenly been raised. She has led a good life. Back in Boston, there is her husband, Brian, their beloved daughter, and her work as a death doula, in which she helps ease the transition between life and death for her clients.
But somewhere in Egypt is Wyatt Armstrong, who works as an archaeologist unearthing ancient burial sites, a career Dawn once studied for but was forced to abandon when life suddenly intervened. And now, when it seems that fate is offering her second chances, she is not as sure of the choice she once made.
After the crash landing, the airline ensures that the survivors are seen by a doctor, then offers transportation to wherever they want to go. The obvious destination is to fly home, but she could take another path: return to the archaeological site she left years before, reconnect with Wyatt and their unresolved history, and maybe even complete her research on The Book of Two Ways—the first known map of the afterlife.
As the story unfolds, Dawn’s two possible futures unspool side by side, as do the secrets and doubts long buried with them. Dawn must confront the questions she’s never truly asked: What does a life well lived look like? When we leave this earth, what do we leave behind? Do we make choices . . . or do our choices make us? And who would you be if you hadn’t turned out to be the person you are right now?
Jodi Picoult is the #1 bestselling author of twenty-six novels including My Sister’s Keeper, Nineteen Minutes, The Storyteller, Leaving Time, Small Great Things, and A Spark of Light. Her new novel, THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS, will be published on September 22, 2020.
Picoult’s books have been translated into thirty-four languages in thirty-five countries. Four novels – The Pact, Plain Truth, The Tenth Circle, and Salem Falls – have been made into television movies. My Sister’s Keeper was a film released from New Line Cinema, starring Cameron Diaz. A Spark of Light is being adapted into a limited series by Sony Pictures TV, starring Joey King, and for which Picoult will serve as an Executive Producer.
Picoult’s two Young Adult novels Between the Lines and Off the Page, co-written with her daughter Samantha Van Leer, have been adapted and developed by the authors into a musical entitled Between The Lines which had its world premiere in September 2017 at the Kansas City Repertory Theater and will premiere Off-Broadway at the Tony Kiser Theatre at Second Stage in April 2020
Picoult is the recipient of many awards, including the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction, the Alex Awards from the YALSA, a lifetime achievement award for mainstream fiction from the Romance Writers of America, the NH Literary Award for Outstanding Literary Merit and esteemed Sarah Josepha Hale Award. She holds honorary doctor of letters degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of New Haven. She is also a member of the advisory board for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. She is a patron of the Carole Shields Prize for Fiction which is awarded to female fiction writers.
Picoult lives in New Hampshire with her husband. They have three children.
Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction. In 2014, she received the Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, and her debut novel The Mothers was a New York Times bestseller. Her second novel The Vanishing Half was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Her essays have been featured in The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel.