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The Lincoln Highway: A Novel (Large Print / Paperback)
Buckle up, because you're about to go on a road trip you won't soon forget. As brothers, Emmett and Billy, hit the road to start a new life in California (and possibly locate their long-absent mother), a pair of friends unexpectedly appears, sending the brothers on a detour in the opposite direction. Towles' multi-perspective storytelling offers up twists and tension that keep this book in arm's reach, should a moment avail itself. While a great novel always has a memorable character or two, experiencing the The Lincoln Highway through Towles' four main cast members adds dimension that elevates this story to a cinematic scale -- to say nothing of their intermittent co-stars who steal their own scenes (chapters.) This tale of intrepid travel covers a lot of ground, but none more than the internal quest to begin again, and the determination that can sometimes take. Fans of Towles' work will not be disappointed with this epic adventure. I can only hope it will be adapted for a screen series, because I'd love to see these characters come to life.
October 2021 Indie Next List
“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
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
More than ONE MILLION copies sold
A TODAY Show Read with Jenna Book Club Pick
A New York Times Notable Book, and Chosen by Oprah Daily, Time, NPR, The Washington Post and Barack Obama as a Best Book of the Year
“Wise and wildly entertaining . . . permeated with light, wit, youth.” —The New York Times Book Review
“A classic that we will read for years to come.” —Jenna Bush Hager, Read with Jenna book club
“A real joyride . . . elegantly constructed and compulsively readable.” – NPR
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.