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The Lincoln Highway posted by Robyn

In June of 1954, 18-year-old Emmett returns to his Nebraska home after serving time in a juvenile work farm.  Emmett served over a year for involuntary manslaughter, but his father passed away and he is released early to care for his 8-year-old brother Billy. The brothers plan to drive Emmett’s Studebaker land cruiser to California to start a new life and search for their mother, who left the family many years ago.  The boys remember her fondness for 4th of July fireworks, and hope to reconnect with her as the holiday is approaching.  Plans go by the wayside when fellow inmates Duchess and Woolly show up at their door – these two stowaways escaped from the work farm by riding in the trunk of the warden’s car.  Travelling across the Lincoln Highway is the brothers’ goal, but the newcomers have other plans. This delays the intended trip, and takes them in the opposite direction – towards New York City.  Events unfold over the next ten days, as the story is told through the eyes of the different characters. The Lincoln Highway is the third book by acclaimed novelist Amor Towles, and it will not disappoint!  This book is also available in audio format.

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