In The Lincoln Highway Amor Towles takes his gift for storytelling and puts it on the road.
In the summer of 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. With his mother long gone and his father recently deceased, Emmett plans to pick up his young brother Billy and head to California to start a new life. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have stowed away in the warden’s car. They have a very different plan for Emmett’s future, one that will take the four of them on a journey in the opposite direction, to New York City.
‘Towles’s third novel is even more entertaining than his much-acclaimed A Gentleman in Moscow . . . A remarkable blend of sweetness and doom, Towles’s novel is packed with revelations about the American myth, the art of storytelling, and the unrelenting pull of history. An exhilarating ride through Americana.’ Kirkus
A Guest of the Party
After two TV appearances and four radio interviews before 7 a.m., my wife and I were glad we could totter back to the Ambassador in Chicago or the Ritz Carlton in Boston and relax in our suite, lift...Read more