June 1954—Emmett Watson is driven home by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he just had served for fifteen months. After the death of his father, Emmett has nothing to come home to other than his younger brother Billy, and his Studebaker. Still not forgiven for the accidental murder of his peer, Emmett and Billy decide to leave town which leads to a seven-day voyage across the Lincoln highway with numerous detours to their original plan. I’m envious of those who open this book for the first time as I wish I could experience “The Lincoln Highway” with fresh eyes, yet again. Amor Towles’ third novel is like no other: refreshing and sobering.
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“Fabulous storytelling, impeccable style, interesting and relatable characters, humor, mystery, and a tremendous understanding of humanity and its foibles. Lincoln Highway is a road trip not to be missed!”
— Trish Brown, One More Page Books, Arlington, VA
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“Wise and wildly entertaining . . . permeated with light, wit, youth.” —The New York Times Book Review
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The bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility and master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction returns with a stylish and propulsive novel set in 1950s America
In June, 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett's intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden's car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett's future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction—to the City of New York.
Spanning just ten days and told from multiple points of view, Towles's third novel will satisfy fans of his multi-layered literary styling while providing them an array of new and richly imagined settings, characters, and themes.
About the Author
Amor Towles is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow. The two novels have collectively sold more than four million copies and have been translated into more than thirty languages. Towles lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.