The Lincoln HighwayAmor Towles

The Lincoln Highway

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The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles Book Summary


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.

The Lincoln Highway (Amor Towles) Book Reviews

Delicious proseSuch a vivid journey of leaving youth, maintaining integrity and the trials that inevitably arise. I loved this wonderful book!.Score: 5/5

Loved every minute.Amazing writing..Score: 5/5

PerfectA beautiful, evocative, and perfectly crafted story in which the characters drip with humanity. This book, like A Gentleman in Moscow, is a treasure..Score: 5/5

Very enjoyableOne of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in the last couple of years. Beautiful writing and fun story..Score: 5/5

Captivating adventureThis is a book I already plan to read again. Loved it..Score: 5/5

FabulousThank you, Mr. Towles. The development of character, the depiction of events and changing morality…absolutely a wonderful enriching read..Score: 5/5

Lincoln HighwaySuch a great book! So we’ll done, a good story, humor and a marvelous reflection on life. Couldn’t put it down.Score: 5/5

WinelufferA great storyteller that weaves people together in the most captivating way. I couldn’t put it down..Score: 5/5

Stick with thisGreat book a little slower than a gentleman in Moscow. But beautifully written.Score: 4/5

UnreadableNot because this book poorly written; Amor Towles is a talented writer. However some flaming idiot has decided that instead of using opening and closing quotation marks around dialog, as does virtually every other book you’ll ever read, they’ll open dialog with an M-dash, and then not even bother to close it at all. Readers are free to guess for themselves where dialog ends and description resumes. This weird punctuation is so distracting to this reader that it renders the book unreadable — literally. (And yes, that was an example of an M-dash used properly.).Score: 1/5

A beautiful allegory; morality through and throughThis is a masterclass in story telling, with an air of Huckleberry Finn and his adventures, even originating in the bowels of middle American, but stretching the great big city with the hopes of turning back the other way all the way to where sun is high and bridge, majestic..Score: 5/5

PitifulAfter Gentlemen in Moscow and Rules of Civility this was a big let down..Score: 1/5

Loved this book!Adventurous, exciting, beautifully written. One of my favorite books of 2021!.Score: 5/5

ContortedI absolutely loved his other two books but this one is a rambling, disjointed, story that was not compelling in the end..Score: 3/5

I rarely give 5 stars.I liked this book because placed the characters in realistic tough situations. And I liked the fiction that everything always worked out okay..Score: 5/5

Wonderful prose! His writing is a blend of descriptive joy and well thought dialog.His use of language is beautiful😃.Score: 5/5

A Fun BookTowles gets better with each book. Not only is this Lincoln Highway story engaging, fun and exciting, it’s a very easy read…the words pop off the pages. I wish there was a sequel for the Lincoln Highway..Score: 5/5

Wonderful charactersI loved this book! Such an amazing and entertaining cast of characters whose travels take them to unexpected places in a turning twisting journey. Highly recommended, along with Towles’ other books, which are VERY different - from how book and from each other..Score: 5/5

Lincoln HighwayAnother magnificent albeit more complex tale by the talented Mr. Towles..Score: 5/5

Great novelStick with it, you will be rewarded.Score: 5/5

Great writing but exhausting.Too many protagonists but what a great writer…..Score: 3/5

Fun!Every person, every story is fun. This book is a great adventure!.Score: 5/5

The Lincoln HighwayWhat a waist of time and money..Score: 1/5

Each page is more clever and insightful than the one before. A great read!A fabulous tale from beginning to end. An interesting twist on every page. Really enjoyable!.Score: 5/5

CaptivatingBrilliant telling of the tale.Score: 5/5

Lincoln HighwayThoroughly enjoyable book for the interesting characters and the Odyssey of a cross country trip in 1953. Towles has a wonderful way of expressing thoughts and ideas that caused me to want to highlight sentences on nearly every page. Am not sure I enjoyed this as much as Towles other two books, but still wouldn’t have missed this journey with an ace storyteller. Highly recommend..Score: 4/5

Best Book I have read this year!What a wonderfully written book. I fell in love with the characters and didn’t want the story to end. I can only hope to have a sequel one day so I can spend more time with Emmet, Sally and Billy. This is hands down the best book I read in 2021..Score: 5/5

Relationships MatterBeautiful character development with activity for each that straddled tension between doubt and faith, wrong and right and the path of forgiveness and redemption. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the author’s ability to bring the internal thinking of the characters to life in full color..Score: 5/5

Here how it’s workingEnjoyable- enthusiastic- smart(pretty smart)- happy-sad-happy-miserable..Score: 5/5

Tales of human natureThis story was mesmerizing. I couldn’t put it down. The characters and individual stories of each person intertwining with each other wove a spectacular tapestry of the human condition..Score: 5/5

The Lincoln HighwayWhat a creative story! Sometimes slow but very well written..Score: 5/5

Somewhat Unexpected and DifferentHaving read Towle’s other books with great satisfaction (particularly A Gentleman from Moscow), I found this novel to be very different in tone and far less compelling. I found the jumping of narrative from one character to another distracting. Also, the young protagonist’s language, thoughts and actions seemed beyond his years. The boy was either a budding genius or a mystical, unexplained figure that I, being neither, couldn’t quite grasp. But, the author certainly has a way with language that often requires further thought..Score: 3/5

BoringPoor plot,slow reading,can’t imagine why it’s on the best seller list.Score: 1/5

🤍Towles has a way of making the ordinary spectacular. His characters are precious regardless of their wrongdoings; he restores my faith in humanity while making me chuckle..Score: 5/5

The Lincoln HighwayI just can’t get into this book and don’t see what the hype is about..Score: 2/5

AmazingAn amazing book! Going to read his others now..Score: 5/5

BoringIronic that the characters talk about the glacial pace of The Count of Monte Cristo. This book is flat-out boring and the characters are unbelievable. The meditations of 18-year olds on life’s great truths and the profound dialogue of an 8-year old become grating. I don’t get why people like this book. Gave up on it..Score: 1/5

Lots of loose endsA story wonderfully told but it left a lot of loose ends..Score: 3/5

An amazing storyteller!Once again Towles wove an incredible story. A Gentleman In Moscow is my all time favorite but this is not far behind. What an enjoyable read from a master storyteller..Score: 5/5

More good stuff from Mr. TowlesEasy, breezy, twisty, and misty. Draws you into the characters with an easy prose while still surprising you with each plot twist..Score: 5/5

Another Hit from TowlesA real well written and unique story. Complex and well developed characters make this book hard to put down. I can’t wait for his next book!.Score: 5/5

انتانا.Score: 3/5

The Lincoln HighwayWhat a fabulous page turner of a book… in a fun, non horrific Steven King type of nostalgic romp with some not so typical young people and an eight year old boy, this story covers a lot of ground. Wonderful read!.Score: 5/5

A wonderful read!I first found Amor Towles when I read A Gentleman In Moscow. I loved his writing. I loved his way with words and expression and flow. I felt as if I were right in the middle of his story, watching from a distance. This book, The Lincoln Highway is now my favorite book of Towles! Such a journey. Again, his way with words is so exceptional and so rewarding to read! I can’t wait for his next book and my next adventure!.Score: 5/5

An absolute delightThe adventures of Emmett, Billy, Duchess, Wooly, and the rest of the characters take twists and turns on many levels … some of them humorous and some profound. I thoroughly enjoyed this book..Score: 5/5

The Lincoln HighwayTowels does not disappoint. Written beautifully, with his subtle style of humor and excellent character development, “The Lincoln Highway “ is a trip definitely worth taking!.Score: 5/5

Wonderful writing and charactersI just wish it didn’t end as it did. I wanted so much more. Maybe there will be a sequel?.Score: 4/5

Beautifully written storyWonderful storytelling with some heartfelt twists that keeps this book moving. Some humorous observations from the eyes of an 8 year old forced into a grownup’s world..Score: 5/5

Enjoyable!Fboyko.Score: 4/5

Great storyI really enjoyed the adventures of this group of young men..Score: 5/5

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Bravo!Another great book by Mr Towles.Score: 5/5

Book of the yearEngaging and masterful storytelling. Competes with A Gentleman in Moscow for favourite book read in the last decade..Score: 5/5

Amazing Characters as Towles DoesThere is not an equivalent to the Count from Mr Towles last book. However the characters and the story are very compelling and wonderful. Strongly recommend..Score: 5/5

Lincoln HighwayAverage.Score: 3/5

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