Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which we  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56D and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists! What a great way to spend a Friday!

Today’s feature is a relatively new book:  The Book of Two Ways, by Jodi Picoult.


Book Beginnings:  (Prologue)

My calendar is full of dead people.

When my phone alarm chimes, I fish it out from the pocket of my cargo pants.  I’ve forgotten, with the time change, to turn off the reminder.  I’m still groggy with sleep, but I open the date and read the names:  Iris Vale. Eun Ae Kim. Alan Rosenfledt. Marlon Jensen.


Friday 56:  Something vibrates deep inside me, a note I recognize as pain.  This is marriage, I realize.  A tuning fork of emotion.


Synopsis:  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.


What do you think?  Keep reading?



  1. Literary Feline

    Such an interesting dilemma for the protagonist. It’s been ages since I’ve last read a Picoult book. She’s such a great storyteller, not to mention makes one think. This one sounds no different. I hope you are enjoying this one, Laurel-Rain. Have a great weekend! Stay safe and well.

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  2. Hi Lorraine,

    I would definitely keep on reading this one, in fact I am adding it to my list now!

    I wonder how many of us would take the opportunity for a second chance at life, if it was handed to us on a plate?

    I don’t know why I have always bypassed this author’s writing in the past, I shall definitely be checking out more of her books now!

    Thanks for sharing and have a peaceful weekend 🙂

    Yvonne xx

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