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Brought to you by Penguin.

The best-selling 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, 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 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 10 days and told from multiple points of view, Towles' 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.

©2021 Amor Towles (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Fascinating

I would love to get i to Amor Towles' head... Uniquely well researched, diverse themes in each novel and a wonderful understanding of human nature with incomparable story telling. Bravo!

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  • Jane F. Clifton
  • 04-11-21

A new American classic

Just came to the end of The Lincoln Highway and I did not want to switch off the Studebaker engine. Wanted the highway to roll on forever with all those detours and doublebacks and pitstops and cliffhangers. Echoes of Huckleberry Finn and, of course, the Odyssey and William Faulkner, Steinbeck, Kerouac and even Ken Kesey. It was a fabulous ride. What a craftsman is Amor Towles? Such story-telling, suspense, taxonomy. Already a fan of A Gentleman in Moscow I began this journey, confidently with him as my guide. He did not disappoint. Bloody loved it!
Read beautifully by all 3 narrators.

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  • Ray
  • 11-01-22

OUTSTANDING

I urge you to spend your credit. It is a magical morality tale. Excellent! BRAVO!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-12-21

A rich story

I enjoyed the story being told by four characters, each with their own personalities, histories and agendas interwoven into a rich entertaining and yet heartbreaking amercian roadtrip.

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  • Sandie
  • 11-11-21

Just loved this story

A total delight to listen to. Loved the story and each character. The narration was excellent in every way. Sorry it came to an end I could carry on listening.

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  • Anna Edgar
  • 27-12-21

Unputdownable

A truly unusual book, so clever, such detail and characterisation, believable all the way through

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  • Vivien
  • 16-11-21

A slow burner but becomes a wee classic.

I loved Towles' earlier books - especially The Gentleman in Moscow, so downloaded this as soon as possible. However, at first I was very disappointed - it seemed slow and repetitive and a "boys own road trip" but the reader was so good and the language so beautiful, I was soon sucked in. The characters are so rich and we move along through their individual stories of the same event. I will buy the paperback when it comes out and enjoy the journey once more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-01-22

simply brilliant

I loved GIM and would say it is my favourite book of all time. The Lincoln Highway is a close second. Not only beautifully written but the story will make you laugh out loud in parts and break your heart in others. Thank you Mr Towles

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-01-22

A beautiful story

A totally beautiful story with great characters in a lovely setting and with a full complement of events as Emmet Watson arrives back home in Nebraska and sets out on a road trip to California
I don’t think it out of place to think of it in the same way as some of John Steinbeck’s novels, for example ‘Cannery Row’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’
Highly recommended

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-01-22

Fantastic

Having enjoyed listening to A Gentleman in Moscow I thought I would give this book a try. I'm so glad I did, it's such a well written book with unique thoughts and characters all combined in an interesting heartwarming story. The narration from Edoardo is absolutely first rate which adds to the enjoyment of this book. I look forward to Amor Towles next book with anticipation, this guys books are special.

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  • Dianalu
  • 15-01-22

Another masterpiece

I absolutely loved this. Amor Towles is a master story teller.
Highly recommended book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-01-22

Loved this book!

Really enjoyed listening to all the characters tell their stories…..well written and intriguing….some very funny lines….some sadness.
Stick with it…it’s worth it.

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  • WomanoftheWorld
  • 10-01-22

Fabulous

Great story brilliantly written and performed. Towles is such a gifted but gentle writer. I like that the real protagonist is often a child.

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  • thomas carroll
  • 09-01-22

the most boring book ever written. Just pointless

the entire book is dribble. completely pointless descriptions that are off subject that lead to nowhere or have absolutely no relevance to the story line. complete page filling. its like watching a TV series that drags on and on and on to fill time instead of just telling the story.

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  • 06-01-22

terrific story

so well written with compulsive characters. very humorous yet gets at human suffering and resilience. fast paced story it's quite the rollercoaster ride

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  • Elise Mac
  • 22-12-21

Mixed feelings about this book

I thoroughly enjoyed the 1st half of this book and the ending. The author has this knack of immediately transporting you back to a place and time, great characters, some to love and some to hate, engaging plot (and even exciting at times), but…. The story fell apart a little with the plot taking a weird turn that was’t really convincing. Apart from that, I love this author and was glad to have experienced this book.

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  • Jill
  • 22-11-21

Enthralling and compulsive reading

A most unusual and entertaining story. Finished it in two days. The narrator is excellent. Loved it!!

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  • DixieChick
  • 18-11-21

A monumental read

Loved this book and performances, and especially loved the gorgeously hewn characters and their moxie. And the self reliance and resilience of kids who were hard-done by their parents.
Highly recommended.

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  • Jennifer2
  • 30-10-21

Goes nowhere

Amor Towles has some great paragraphs, sentences and ideas. Very pleasant. It takes deep concentration not to miss any thoughts, but the story goes nowhere fast. I’m well into it, I like the characters, but have no idea what they’re planning. Maybe another day.

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