I was listening to a floss tube on Youtube and the person, Cynthia for Stitching in the Light, suggested the book The Lincoln Highway by Amore Towles. I checked with my online library and the book was in their collection but…I had to wait for it. I put my name on the list and finally, the book became available.
Books that come recommended to me always keep me guessing on knowing whether I’ll like them or not. Often times I like what’s recommended but other times, the book is filled with foul language or big romance scenes. That’s not my style and I end up not liking the book.
This one, I liked. It takes place in 1954. Life is hardscrabble for two boys who ended up in bad circumstances. Then meet up with two more boys also in bad circumstances and the book takes off from there. The book is told from the perspective of many and that really makes the book enjoyable and kept my interest. I could totally see a sequel to this book although it does end well.
Here’s what Amazon has to say:
“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 is long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm is 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 working farm have hidden 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.”
Amazon readers gave the book 4.4 stars. I think I’d agree. I enjoyed the book and think it’s a good read.
If you’re interested, you can find the book HERE.
When reviewing the book I discovered that this is the author of the book, A Gentleman in Moscow. I tried to listen to that book once before and only got a few chapters in and quit. That been has gotten many great reviews. Now that I’ve listened to this book, it makes me wonder if I need to go back and read the other book. Has anyone read this?? Should I go back and give it another try??