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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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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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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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  • 12-02-21

A Rich Roadtrip of a Book

Beautifully crafted characters & a rich story, well told. I miss them already. Farewell

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  • Mrs P.
  • 11-30-21

Another great book.

Not what I expected the story line to be. So enjoyable, what wonderful characters. Highly recommend.

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  • Angela Swallow
  • 11-30-21

Classic American road trip

Although a little slow at times the pace overall more than held my interest. Reflections of American classic literature in the characters and storyline - shades Of Mice & Men/Huck Finn. Well written and believable - nice subtle humour. Pace was cleverly charcterfully used in tone and pitch to set the scene. Narration excellent - Duchesse almost reminding me of old Hollywood film noir character or Coen brothers. Could be easily imagined on the screen.

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  • shirley godwin
  • 11-25-21

Wonderful Story

Voice smooth like velvet takes you on a wonderful journey, this book had everything I look for in a fictional listen.
A wonderful story to listen to

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-21-21

Masterpiece

I loved this book. I didn’t expect to, it’s a sort of “road” book. And mostly male characters.

But, the characters are so well written and it’s incredibly easy to listen to. It’s so beautiful I listened to quite a few of the passages more than once.

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  • Vivien
  • 11-16-21

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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  • Marty
  • 11-14-21

Superb writing, characters and story

A Gentleman in Moscow is a beautifully written book. Towles enters new territory with this and has created another fine piece of fiction. The characters come to life as each of them are revealed as the story evolves (I loved Billy). The story is a slow burn but with a lot of complexity in the characters and an abundance of intrigue in the plot, Amor Towles has demonstrated again that he very talented writer. The narration is top notch. One of my favourite books of 2021.

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  • Jill
  • 11-22-21

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
  • 11-18-21

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
  • 10-30-21

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.