by Techeditor (Romeo, Michigan): THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY is the story of a detour from a plan to travel the Lincoln Highway west from Nebraska to California. Of the three books by Amor Towels that I’ve read, RULES OF CIVILITY, A GENTLEMEN IN MOSCOW, and now THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY, this one is by far his best.
After Emmett’s stint in jail and his father’s death, he and his little brother Billy decide to move to California. But after two of Emmett’s old bunkmates, Duchess and Wooley, show up, Emmett and Billy have to first take them to New York, in the opposite direction. And this is their story, an adventure told by each one of them, plus some chapters, told by Emmett’s and Billy’s friend, Sally.
I loved their different perspectives of the same situations, I loved their dialogue, and I loved Towleses’ humor. Every bit of this is unpredictable, especially the end.
What a pleasure this book is! It’s only negative is Towleses’ lack of quotation marks, which I think is rude to the reader.