The Lincoln Highway - Amor Towles

The Lincoln Highway

By Amor Towles

  • Release Date: 2021-10-05
  • Genre: Historical
4 Score: 4 (From 4,721 Ratings)



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.


  • The Lincoln Highway

    By melmyall
    Great storytelling. Little history, unusual narrative style but you get it! Amazing ending. Very heartfelt.
  • Best Journey You’ll Take

    By caroleeeeeeee
    I just loved this story. Just when you think there’s no divine justice, there it is. This will be a highly recommended book to my friends and one I shall read again. I used to believe no one analyzed things like me. I was wrong. I wish the world were still like it was the 50’s.
  • Exquisite

    By Musical theatre at its best!!
    Towles characters are so fully and beautifully developed. A great book in every way.
  • Stick with this

    By pd 5152
    Great book a little slower than a gentleman in Moscow. But beautifully written
  • Loved every minute.

    By birdgirl67
    Amazing writing.
  • Great story

    By PattiLarkin
    I really enjoyed the adventures of this group of young men.
  • Captivating adventure

    By Rica119
    This is a book I already plan to read again. Loved it.
  • Contorted

    By msbcnj
    I absolutely loved his other two books but this one is a rambling, disjointed, story that was not compelling in the end.
  • Great writing but exhausting.

    By Wrrrrnt
    Too many protagonists but what a great writer….
  • Fun!

    By NinjaGirlSeattle
    Every person, every story is fun. This book is a great adventure!