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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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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A TODAY Show Read with Jenna Book Club Pick

A New York Times Notable Book, and Chosen by Oprah Quarterly and The Washington Post 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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  • Jack B.

    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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  • Jeanette F.

    I loved the characters

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  • Steve M.

    Wonderful book, nice to enjoy a story without any vices for a change. Dullsville is a nice change now and then. Thx

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  • Patricia G.

    I really got into the characters, kept my attention all the way through.

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