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“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 best-selling 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, 18-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served 15 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 10 days and told from multiple points of view, Towles' 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.
“[A] mischievous, wise and wildly entertaining novel...Towles goes all in on the kind of episodic, exuberant narrative haywire found in myth or Homeric epic.... Each [character], Towles implies, is the central protagonist of an ongoing adventure that is both unique and universal...remarkably buoyant...permeated with light, wit, youth...Towles has snipped off a minuscule strand of existence - 10 wayward days - and when we look through his lens we see that this brief interstice teems with stories, grand as legends.” (New York Times Book Review)
“[A] bracing, heroic adventure...Towles plays stylishly with elements of the picaresque, the coming-of-age novel and the epic quest.... The indelible final scene, which I did not see coming, perfectly encapsulates the theme of inheritance, and what choices the characters make about what they are given, to determine their own fates.” (Seattle Times)
“[The Lincoln Highway] loses none of the author’s trademark wit or style...a cross-country adventure packed with unexpected twists and unforgettable action.” (Town & Country)