By: Amor Towles
In June, 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the work farm where he has just served a year 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 and head west 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.
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.
Helen says: 🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓
A masterpiece! The Lincoln Highway is the best coming of age story I have ever read. The characters are magnificent, the setting is described perfectly, and the multilayered, interwoven writing makes is a perfect choice for a high school English Lit class. I loved it!
Holly says: 🤓🤓🤓🤓3/4
I loved this book! This is my favorite of Amor Towles three novels. Not only did I learn quite a few things (might need to take my own trip on the Lincoln Highway!), I fell in love with each of the characters, and I think you will too. This book is creative, smart, surprising, enthralling, emotional, funny, and almost “genteel” -if that can be used to describe a book. Emmett and Billy are the best of brothers, and you will never forget them or the friends and characters that take part in the journey with them. From the opening words from Willa Cather to set the mood, to its climactic ending, The Lincoln Highway is an epic and engrossing read.