The Lincoln Highway: A Novel (Large Print / Paperback)
If you're a fan of A Gentleman in Moscow (and is there anyone who read and didn't love it?), you will relish Amor Towles's new novel, The Lincoln Highway. While the setting and time are very different, the characters are as unique and delightful as those in "Gentleman" and the plot is equally compelling. Towles takes us on a road and rail trip across America in 1954, following a cast of characters that includes a precocious 8 year old, a Korean war vet, prison escapees, an eccentric professor and many others who bring that period in America vividly to life. If you mash together Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Cool Hand Luke, and The Wizard of Oz with the cliff-hanging pacing of a Dickens' newspaper serial, you will get a flavor of The Lincoln Highway. And, please, hurry up and read - I can't wait to discuss the ending.— Sarah
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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
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A TODAY Show Read with Jenna Book Club Pick
A New York Times Notable Book, and Chosen by Oprah Quarterly and The Washington Post 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.