The Lincoln Highway is the third novel written by Amor Towles and was published in October 2021.
The story begins in June, 1954, when eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm in Kansas, 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 had 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.
On that journey, they encounter a memorable set of characters, including the Great Ulysses in search of his wife and child, the villainous Pastor John, Wooley’s sister, Sarah, and are joined by the remarkable Sally from Nebraska. And all this in just 10 days!
Our discussion group all agreed that Towles is a vibrant storyteller and accomplished writer. Most were drawn into the book and despite preconceived ideas of what the title might offer, found it to be a most enjoyable read and were particularly impressed at how well the characters were developed. Towles use of multiple narrators providing different points of view and recollections of the same incidents was sometimes tedious but invariably provided yet another twist in the storyline. The use of ancient myths, legends, heroes and parables, introduced a multilayered effect, bringing to life the many aspects explored in the book, including brothers, love, friendship, the spirit of adventure, misfits that a world struggles to accommodate, and the heartbreak of tragedy.
The following link to Amor Towles website Q and A page provides lots of interesting information on The Lincoln Highway including the recipe for Fettucine Mio Amore
Ratings: Janet 3.5, Dianne 3.5, Pauline 4, Jen 4, Di 4, Nicola 4, Cheryl 4, Jenny 4, Lynda 4, Sandy 3, Viv 3.5
Our Book Club has moved day and location, and our next meeting will be Tuesday 13/06/2022 at 6:30pm at the QCWA Mermaid Beach Centre located in 43 Ventura Rd, Mermaid Beach.
Come and join us to discuss The Good People by Hannah Kent. Hope to see you there and Happy Reading!
The 2022 Reading List can be found here.
We are a group that gets together once a month to discuss good books. Each of us gets to choose a book on a rotational basis, preferably one outside our personal comfort zone – we try to keep the trash to ourselves. After the discussion, we comment on other books we read that month. Most of the time we remain friends after the meeting.
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