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The Lincoln Highway
The Lincoln Highway: A Novel | Amor Towles
176 posts | 131 read | 3 reading | 68 to read
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 work farm where he has just served a year 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 and head west where they can start their lives anew. But after the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm had hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden's car. Together, they hatch an altogether different plan for Emmett's future. 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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Jnnlb
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Cazxxx
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Towles is such a wonderful writer, I was fully immersed in the story and characters although I felt it could have been shorter. This one is perfect for audio and the narration was excellent

Blueberry 👍 2w
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Lexeegee
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This book was very reminiscent of John Steinbeck. After his father dies, Emmett is released from prison early to care for his young brother When two of his former bunk mates show up, his plans are changed.

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NikkiCureton
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This cast of characters and the story of their epic adventure (at times misadventure) is just good reading/listening. The narrators were excellent and I really enjoyed the storytelling. I felt like I was “traveling 300 questions an hour” with Billy, Duchess, Emmitt, Wooly, and Sally and I enjoyed every minute of it.

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Lexeegee
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It‘s finally cool enough to sit outside and enjoy a good book. My favorite time of year. 🍁 🍂

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Menotte
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Loved this book! I found the characters interesting and each of their courses of action in keeping with the portrayal of the person . Loved the telling of stories in stories. Absolutely wonderful use of the English language. It was a pleasure to read on so many levels!

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Blueberry
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1. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
2. Still loving the long hrs of summer but not enjoying this miserable heat wave. 🫠🫠 116° the highest.
3. ALONE at the swimming pool!!

#ThoughtfulThursday
@MoonWitch94

I tag @NataliePatalie.

MoonWitch94 Sounds like paradise to be alone at the pool! 🤣 Thanks for playing 🐚🍁😊 3w
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AmyK1
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There are so many good books that begin with the #letterL. This is the first that came to mind but just a few others are
Little Women
The Light Between Oceans
The Lies I Tell
The Last Thing He Told Me
The Light of Luna Park

#alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choices! 2mo
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Kimzey
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1. My Dad 2. Ann Cleeves 3. Yes, we‘re reading the tagged book. @Eggs

Eggs Love Towles❣️ 2mo
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Saknicole
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Panpan

I found this book pretty meh. I didn‘t fully care about all of the characters enough and found the only female character lacking in motivation. Even getting in her head didn‘t explain enough. That ending 🤷‍♀️ Honestly, I wish I had just been reading Billy‘s book of Mr. Abernathy‘s heroes. A summer book club pick. I still want to read A Gentleman in Moscow which I assume must be far better for all the love it gets. #bookclub

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Cortg
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Not a big reading month but that‘s ok! The Lincoln Highway was my fave for the month!

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Blueberry
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1. The Personal Librarian
2. Color of my book cover doesn't matter to me.
3. The Lincoln Highway

@rachelsbrittain #WeekendReads

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KellyK
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My July reads… it was a good month!

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Trace
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Almost like reading Steinbeck.

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Maria514626
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Character study, adventure, morality tale. This book is amazing.

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Hanna-B
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Wonderful characters and Mr Towle‘s writing is a box of chocolates, so many different flavours and textures, the history, the tragedy, along with complex and beautiful relationships

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Cortg
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I love a good book with complicated characters! I felt like I was spending a week getting to know each one. Towles is a beautiful writer and storyteller in a quiet kinda way and I was surprised in how he ended the book. Looking forward to discussing it at bookclub! ❤️

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KellyK
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“The drive from Salina to Morgen was three hours, and for much of it, Emmett hadn‘t said a word.”

Loving this book!

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Cinfhen
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Sure it‘s a little schmaltzy but it‘s also HUGELY entertaining! 4 boys, one classic car and a #roadtrip of a lifetime. Fantastic audio narration and a memorable coming of age story. Definitely got A Gentleman in Moscow vibes but this novel is its own story. #AllTheFeels #Bestof2022

Crazeedi Cindy this is one of my top books this year, I just loved it. Towles is a go to author for me 3mo
Cinfhen For sure @Crazeedi !!! I loved EVERY character!!! Such a memorable book!!! 3mo
Megabooks Did you read this on audio? 3mo
Cinfhen I did a combo but mostly audio @Megabooks - it worked well in both mediums 📚💚🎧 3mo
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Cinfhen
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Returning to this fantastic audio!!! Took a little break because I felt I needed to give the story more of my uninterrupted time. I‘m sure this will make my #Top22of22 and maybe even #BestOf2022 😁❣️

BarbaraBB Wow that sounds promising 3mo
Cinfhen It‘s schmaltzy @BarbaraBB but I‘m LOVING it!!! 3mo
BarbaraBB I have to Google schmaltzy! Sounds so Yiddish 🤍 3mo
Cinfhen I should Google it too @BarbaraBB I‘m curious to see how Google defines schmaltzy 🤓🤭😂😘What time is your flight??? (edited) 3mo
BarbaraBB Tomorrow morning at 8 🤞🏽 3mo
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Blueberry
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1. I have no reading goals other than to keep up with my bookclub pics.

2. Well, yes. That is always a goal. And to use library services more and buy less.

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Good luck on #2! Thanks for playing! 3mo
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Blueberry
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5⭐ This might be my favorite of the author's but it didn't happen until the second half.

KristiAhlers I love this authors writing! I enjoyed this book and The Gentleman in Moscow. Both solid reads with really life like characters 3mo
Blueberry @KristiAhlers agree 💚 3mo
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Maria514626
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staci.reads
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Alternating perspectives, flashbacks, and fantastic storytelling weave throughout as the characters' journeys intertwine and interfere with each other's plans. I loved this one...not quite as much as Rules of Civility nor A Gentleman in Moscow, but still a great read.

Pip2 How did you like A Gentlemen in Moscow? My Uncle bought it for me and I am looking forward to reading it. 3mo
staci.reads @Pip2 I loved A Gentleman in Moscow. It was one of my two favorite books from last year! Hope you enjoy! 3mo
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tphil10283
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It‘s old fashioned storytelling in the sense that it presumes that people are basically good.

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Cinfhen
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Still enjoying this book!! I‘m splitting it between print and audio and both mediums are fabulous 🙌🏻❣️🎧

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Cinfhen
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It‘s been awhile since I‘ve read a #RoadTrip novel 🚘 Excited for this upcoming IRL #bookclub selection 😎

TheAromaofBooks We stopped at a museum in Nebraska that was all about the history of I-80 in that region, which follows the old Lincoln Highway (which followed the Oregon Trail, which followed Native America Trails, etc.) It was so interesting, which I wasn't exactly expecting from a museum about a road 😂 3mo
Cinfhen Actually sounds fascinating @TheAromaofBooks I love quirky museums 3mo
TheAromaofBooks When we were growing up we couldn't always afford to take “big“ week-long vacations, so my dad would arrange a little weekend getaway and what he would do was pull out the Ohio atlas and then each kid would say a number and Dad would average our numbers and that's the number city in the atlas we would visit 😂 We would all have to do research on the area and see what there was to visit around there. We found some fun tiny museums that way!! 3mo
Cinfhen That is SO NEAT!! I love that family tradition 3mo
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Maria514626
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The characters in this book are so well developed. The writer unfolds them layer by layer.

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Great story but my God it rambled. Yes that's Author's style. I didn't mind it with A Gentleman in Moscow or Rules of Civility. But here it's like talking to your doddering old auntie who has great life stories but after awhile you don't care and just want them to get to the point,

rachelm 😂 4mo
TheSpineView I agree that this book was unnecessary verbose. Not my favorite of his. 4mo
janeycanuck Haha - that is a perfect description. Great book but could have been much shorter! 3mo
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Amiable
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I‘m conflicted. I love Towles and his previous works, and dove eagerly into this one. And it‘s well written. I‘m not a person who needs all the characters to be lovely humans. But I just disliked one specific character so much that it impacted my reading experience. Every time I came to a chapter with his POV, I put the book down and couldn‘t bear to pick it up again. It took me nearly 2 months to get through this. It should have taken me a week.

BittersweetBooks Curious to hear which character you‘re talking about? 4mo
Amiable @BittersweetBooks Duchess. I detested the way he took advantage of and used the people around him.
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Aims42 @Amiable I agree, he‘s a slime ball for sure 👎🏼 I loved the other characters, but he was tough to connect with throughout the entire book for me also 4mo
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Amiable @Aims42 I couldn‘t bear to read his chapters and see how he was going to screw over Emmett and Wooley next. It made me want to reach into the book and smack him. 4mo
Aims42 @Amiable LOL, yesss! That‘s exactly how I felt too 🤣 Especially with Wooley ❤️ 4mo
BittersweetBooks @Amiable ugh yes I agree! His chapters were always ominous and I‘d get a pit in my stomach. 4mo
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Maria514626
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Excited to start My July book club book!

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DHill
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Audio read lineup. Just finished The Lincoln Highway. The House in the Cerulean Sea and The Red Lotus are for book clubs and The Overnight Guest is for fun.

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DHill
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My hold finally came in, and not at the same time as all the other books I have on hold, for once.

KristiAhlers I loved this story! Enjoy! 4mo
Smrloomis Ha ha, enjoy it before your next hold comes in! 4mo
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SLSbooks
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Such a good read, an encapsulation of the various moral shades of humanity that always surround us. Towles lets us into each of their lives, their thoughts - and helps us to understand each other more clearly. Such a treasure of a book.

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Michael_Gee

Towards the end of our book club meeting one lady stood up and said: “Did any of you ENJOY reading this book or did you just analyze it while you read?!”

JackOBotts 😳 Daaaaaaaannnnng! 😆😆 4mo
Michael_Gee @JackOBotts 😆 Yup. 4mo
Aims42 Oh my 🤭 Lol 4mo
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Crystal83
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I had heard so much about this book, so I had to read the book to see what the hype was about. I enjoyed reading this book. I love the characters and the story plot. It was worth the hype it is getting right now!!! I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars rating.

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peacegypsy
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I just loved this book. I fell in love with the characters, the places, the stories. I‘ve met a whole group of friends with whom I‘m not ready to part. It‘s the book you wish you‘d just heard of so that you can start it all over again.

BookBosomed1 This book is on my TBR shelf. I‘m looking forward to reading it this summer. 4mo
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vlwelser
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I'm at an author event. Obviously. Can't you tell?

This is how we roll in the Shire.

TheBookHippie Oooooo. 5mo
Cathythoughts 💫💫💫 5mo
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Karkar
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Well I was the odd one out at book club last night. The other four did not like this but I really enjoyed it.

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peacegypsy
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One chapter in, and it‘s a delight!

Leftcoastzen I need to get to this one! 5mo
Soubhiville I just saw it‘s your 6 year Litsyversary, and that‘s worth celebrating! Congrats 🎉🎈 5mo
peacegypsy @Soubhiville Thank you!!! 😊🌺🌸 5mo
peacegypsy @Leftcoastzen I‘m really enjoying it, and I think you will, too. 😊 5mo
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The funny thing about a picture is that while it knows everything that‘s happened up until the moment it‘s been taken, it knows absotively nothing about what happens next. And yet, once the picture has been framed and hung on the wall, what you see when you look closely are all the things that were about to happen. All the un-things. The things that were unanticipated. And unintended. And unreversible 🖼

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Mehso-so

This book is so weighted down with extra padding it‘s no wonder the narrative can‘t drag itself to the Lincoln Highway. Too many POVs! I ask you, yes, I ask you (so much of that kind of phrasing), why do we get Abernathy? And why do we have to see the same scenes twice? This isn‘t Rashomon.

Towles‘ style is too precious for my taste. Not a pan tho. He‘s a good storyteller & there were 3 choices that surprised me. I look forward to the b/c disc.

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sherrisilvera
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#wondrouswednesday catch up

1. In the past few years i have found that I just love the Craig Johnson Longmire Series. They are my go-to if I want great writing, a great cast of characters in the beautifully described setting of Wyoming.

2. Being with book people that just want to discuss all things bookish.

3. The tagged book. I loved A Gentleman In Moscow and can't wait to get to this one.

Thanks for the tag @Eggs

Eggs Loved Gentleman in Moscow !! 5mo
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jlowery999
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So in my mind, this book is really more of a prequel to a book that could be called The Lincoln Highway, as the title road doesn't make much of an appearance in the actual book. I enjoyed some parts and not so much others, and I feel that it could have done with a good bit of editing. Most of the characters were unlikable and/or unnecessary. I read this for book club and appreciated it more after our discussion, but it's still not a winner for me.

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katcalvin
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Mehso-so

It‘s no A Gentleman in Moscow, which remains one of the loveliest books ever written, but Towles is a brilliant writer and it‘s a good story. Did not need to be this long.

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cdreincarnate
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Not sure how I feel about the ending, but this book is so good and so well written that I love it anyway.