After having loved A Gentleman in Moscow, I was looking forward to reading Amor Towles’ The Lincoln Highway.
I was surprised by how different this second of the writer’s books was to his bestseller about a man confined to a hotel in Russia.
In The Lincoln Highway, three boys leave their farm detention for different reasons – one is allowed to leave after learning of the death of his father, while the other two see the opportunity to make an escape.
The three boys’ futures become intertwined when the two escapees request the help of Emmett, who has been released, but go on to steal the car that he needs to reach his dreams in California.
The journey for the three, and Emmett’s brother feels akin to the stories of Huckleberry Finn and the like, and they meet various characters and exciting stories of their lives.
The book was enjoyable, but I didn’t think it had the same pull as A Gentleman in Moscow. I hate to say it, but I felt it was a little boring and sentimental.
While I recommended A Gentleman in Moscow to my friends, I probably wouldn’t do the same with The Lincoln Highway.