The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

Literary Loop

The bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow returns with a propulsive novel set in 1950s America. In June 1954, 18-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served 15 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 8-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. They had hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett’s future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction — to New York City.

“Wit, humor, intrigue, sophisticated storytelling, flawless style, compelling characters, splendid atmosphere, exquisite insight into human behavior — it’s all here,” says Goodreads. “Imagine if Oh Brother Where Art Thou had been directed by Martin Scorsese.”

“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,” says Kirkus.