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The Lincoln Highway

Amor Towles



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05 October 2021

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Emmett Watson, 18yrs old, is heading home after being detained for manslaughter. Planning to head to California using the Lincoln Highway which was built to link the east coast to the west with his 8 yr old perpetually inquisitive brother, Billy-the boys end up with two unexpected stowaways and suddenly their plans are drastically changed. From the bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow ($19.99) comes a truly joyous read. This is the ultimate road trip with unforgettable characters that we meet and fall in love with along the way-A must read.   Greg Waldron

The Lincoln Highway is the third novel by Amor Towles and follows A Gentleman in Moscow, which has sold over 1.5 million globally and whose fans include Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Ann Patchett. Bursting with life, charm and unforgettable characters, The Lincoln Highway is an extraordinary journey through 1950s America from a master storyteller.
Emmett returns home to pick-up his little brother Billy, tie-up his late father’s estate and get out of town for good. Since leaving the Kansas youth facility where he’s served time, Emmett has wanted one thing, to give them both a fresh start: and that means heading out to the sparkling west. Young, precocious Billy has plans of his own, to get to San Francisco, where he believes their long-estranged mother is waiting for them. However, as soon as they've loaded Emmett’s bright blue Studebaker with their few belongings, trouble arrives and brings its sidekick in the form of Duchess and Woolly, two runaways from the very facility Emmett just left behind him.

Insatiable Duchess and his devoted, but slow companion Woolly soon wreck Billy's plan to get onto the open road, one well-intentioned blunder at a time. Each young man sees this journey as his chance to pursue his dreams, settle scores and find riches. And a simple journey quickly becomes a dazzling odyssey filled with obstacles, villains and ruses fit only for heroes to overcome. 

Amor Towles says: ‘As a novelist, I like to mix it up. So, while Rules of Civility describes a year in the life of a 25-year-old woman who’s about to climb the socio-economic ladder of New York, A Gentleman in Moscow spans three decades with a Russian aristocrat who’s lost everything. My new novel, The Lincoln Highway, is about three eighteen-year-old boys and an eight-year-old boy on a journey from Nebraska to New York City in 1954—the whole story lasting just ten days. While I think The Lincoln Highway will offer readers many of the same satisfactions of my first two novels, I hope it will provide them not simply a new set of characters, settings, and themes, but a very different reading experience.’

 the Lincoln highway by amor towels

Imprint:   Hutchinson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 42mm
Weight:   708g
ISBN:   9781786332530
ISBN 10:   1786332531
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The Lincoln Highway

Magnificent . . . Towles is a supreme storyteller, and this one-of-a-kind kind of novel isn't to be missed * Publishers Weekly * With exquisitely drawn characters, beautiful writing and a real sense of moral integrity, The Lincoln Highway already feels like an American coming of age classic to sit alongside The Catcher In The Rye and To Kill A Mockingbird * Red * A delight from beginning to end * Good Housekeeping * A sweet, charming and wonderfully astute take on humanity and its foibles, this is gorgeous storytelling * Psychologies, Book of the Month * Towles' third novel is even more entertaining than his much-acclaimed A Gentleman in Moscow (2016)... A remarkable blend of sweetness and doom, Towles' 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 starred review *

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