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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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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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  • 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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  • Wanda H.

    Very enjoyable book. The story develops somewhat slowly for my taste but the descriptions and characters are very well described. The author makes them all come to life. Now I would like another book to get the main characters to their originally planned destination. And that ending!!!!!!! I didn't see that coming.

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  • Anonymous

    Amor Towles The Lincoln Highway once again it’s a series of intriguing characters that weave together making it surprising yet somewhat realistic story there’s time to laugh there’s time to cry a time to fbe amazed I love it

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  • Bianca1976

    I seem to really enjoy Amor Towles' books a lot. This one not excluded. I really enjoyed this and the narration was great!

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  • Brian O.

    Towles knocks it out if the park again. His mastery of story telling and weaving in all the nuanced layers of the story is 2nd to none. Additionally the voice actors lend an amazing realism to the story so much so that you actually feel like your right there in the middle of the action!! Well worth the listen!!!!

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  • Eileen W.

    Loved, loved, loved this novel! Great character development-great characters! Could not stop listening. The ending makes me hopeful for a sequel!

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  • Renae Rountree

    I am convinced this book will become one of the classics that every one must read in school. The writing style is unique and magnificent. The story provokes every emotion, and the main narrator is the best I’ve heard.

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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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