90 pages 3 hours read

Amor Towles

The Lincoln Highway

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2021

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The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles follows Emmett Watson, newly released from a juvenile detention center, who, along with his younger brother Billy, plans to start anew in California. However, their journey is sidetracked when two former inmates, Duchess and Woolly, join them, leading to an unexpected cross-country adventure filled with moral conflicts and a quest for redemption. The book includes pervasive physical violence, emotional abuse, and depictions of suicide.

Reviews & Readership

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Amor Towles' The Lincoln Highway captivates readers with its richly detailed prose and well-developed characters. The novel’s exploration of friendship and adventure receives high praise, though some find its pace sluggish. A mix of poignant moments and weaving narratives, the book’s complexity may challenge some but is largely seen as a rewarding read.

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Who Should Read The Lincoln Highway?

Readers who enjoyed A Gentleman in Moscow or Rules of Civility will be captivated by The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles. Ideal for those who appreciate richly drawn characters, historical settings, and a narrative journey reminiscent of John Steinbeck's East of Eden. Fans of literary fiction and engaging, multilayered plots will find this book compelling.

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Book Details


Historical Fiction



Mental Illness

Trauma / Abuse / Violence


Values/Ideas: Loyalty & Betrayal

Emotions/Behavior: Revenge

Relationships: Siblings