While this novel is over 500 pages long, it covers only ten days in the lives of three barely adult young men, Emmett, Duchess, and Wooly and Emmett’s younger brother Billy, as they travel east along the Lincoln Highway. When Emmett is dropped off at the defunct family farm in Nebraska by the juvenile detention center’s warden (Emmett has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter), his plan is to use money left to him by his deceased father to bankroll a new start in California with his little brother. He is surprised to find out that Duchess and Wooly, fellow inmates at the detention center, have escaped by hiding in the trunk of the warden’s car. Duchess and Wooly have very different travel plans. The book is a wild trip to NYC populated by an eclectic cast of characters who keep the story moving at a breakneck speed. The eight-year-old Billy is my favorite character. He won my heart immediately. The story is full of adventure with lots of twists and turns along the way. Towles brings NYC in the 1950’s to life. I lived in the city in the 90’s when I attended grad school. In so many ways, New York is timeless. I loved returning there through this great summer read.