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The Lincoln Highway: A Novel

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Dion Graham, Edoardo Ballerini, Marin Ireland

16 Hours 39 Minutes

Penguin Audio

October 2021

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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.

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    Took a flyer on this one and was rewarded with a great read. Good character development both the good and bad ones, wonderful story about second chances. I will go back now and check out his other books. Mr Towles is an excellent writer.

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  • Shirley A.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the story and narration.

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  • Carla K.

    I’ve been a listener to audiobooks for 4 years and I’ve listened to some great books but this one!! It hit so many emotions for me. Absolutely my favorite and brought me to make my first remark on here an absolute winner this tale.

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  • Rebecca S.

    It's been a while since a book hooked me so completely. I couldn't wait to find excuses to put in my headphones and enjoy the tale for while. Beautifully written and artfully narrated!

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  • Anonymous

    Great book. I have read it twice. Wonderful characters!!!

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  • Alan R.

    i thought it was a great story. very well narrated, I enjoyed the listen.

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  • Anonymous

    Fun with light humor, a bit understated and subtle but as a whole it possesses plenty of depth and profundity. A relatively short novel, worthwhile for sure!

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  • Anonymous

    Great book! Intriguing, compelling, heart felt story line. Loved each of the characters! Narrators were great vocal artists. Read listen well worth it.

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  • Victoria G.

    The narration was excellent. The plot was entertaining with well-developed characters.

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  • Kathy A.

    Sometimes I would get lost and wonder what happened but it was just because they kept switching characters. I enjoyed the book, kept me interested in what was going to happen next, and some statements were very thought provocative

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