The Lincoln Highway: A Novel

by Amor Towles

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"[T]ransporting . . . a rollicking cross-country adventure, rife with unforgettable characters, vivid scenery and suspense that will keep readers flying through the pages." -TIME

"An absolute beauty of a book. Every character is a gem, the many locations spring to vivid life, the book is an intricate and moving exploration of journeys and the infinite unexpected turns they can take-and somehow Towles makes it all seem effortless. As soon as I finished it, I wanted to read it again." -Tana French, bestselling author of The Searcher

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.

  • ISBN10 0593490789
  • ISBN13 9780593490785
  • Publish Date 5 October 2021
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country US
  • Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
  • Imprint Viking
  • Edition Signed Ed.
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 592
  • Language English
  • Special Signed