What would your life look like if you had made a different decision and taken a radically different path? Dawn, the heroine of The Book of Two Ways, was a PhD candidate in Egyptology in love with a fellow student when her mother became terminally ill with cancer back in Boston. She goes home to her mother, and meets a man who will become her husband and the father of her daughter. She abandons Egyptology, and Wyatt, her love, and becomes a social worker and eventually a death doula. But a crisis in her life sends her back to Egypt and Wyatt as she explores what might have been, and what might yet be. Picoult plays with the timelines here in a way that sometimes leaves the reader unmoored, but eventually she brings it back to clarity. Sort of.