Then, Pastor John spots Billys rucksack. He sees that it was given to him by Ellie Matthiessen, the librarian. Dennis demands to speak to Woolly in private. How else would he know where to drive to in New York City? After hearing Pastor John yelp in pain (when Billy kicked him), he got up to move toward Pastor John, though not before he heard Stew get knocked out as well. The latter is 3.390 miles long, and it's the U.S.'s very first. Billy quickly falls asleep. Later, Emmett finds Sally, who is upset with him. While we dont know the details of it yet, it seems clear that it somehow implicated Duchess. However, Peterson had asked if Emmett had visitors from out of town. It seems like the loud noise was probably Sallys car making some type of noise. With that, Emmett grabs the gun away from Duchess. He hoped to eventually have four properties to maintain and rent out for income. Ulysses tells him about ending up in Iowa on foot when the boxcar hed been traveling in was stopped. (He doesn't kill Duchess because he had made a promise to Billy not to lash out again.) Before Tom leaves, he asks Emmett to hand over the keys and registration to a car outside, but Emmett resists, says that the car is his. document.getElementById( "ak_js_1" ).setAttribute( "value", ( new Date() ).getTime() ); This was very helpful to me, especially the careful chronological summary of the events. Sally had lied, saying he didnt. He unpacks his collection of stuff that hed shown Billy. It is a good summary but full of typos, extra words and words left out. Emmett tries to impress upon the consequences of Duchesss actions. Emmets voice is quiet and mostly principled. Chapters 10 and 9 open with Emmett Watson (18) returning home to Morgen, Nebraska (dropped off by Warden Williams) after having spent a year in juvenile detention for killing Jimmy Snyder. Afterwards, Duchess goes to visit Townhouse, who was released from Salina a while ago. His first novel, Rules of Civility (2011), set among social strivers in New York City in 1936, took its inspiration from F. Scott Fitzgerald and its title from George Washington's Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation. It turns out Woolly did leave each of the friends his money. Then, in the kitchen hed found an envelope marked To Be Opened in the Event of My Absence in Woollys handwriting (which we soon learn is Woollys will). This is why his interactions with his sister seemed to have a farewell component to it. At that moment, he had felt abandoned by God and by fate. But Emmett is concerned that Duchess will try and find them. He sees a scene with Sarah, Sally, Woolly, Billy and Emmett. She brings over a jar of home-made strawberry preserves as well. Two years later his father came to reclaim him, but Sister Agnes knows how damaging it mustve been for him to be abandoned out of convenience. Meanwhile, Woolly mentions wanting to make a pit stop to see his sister Sarah Whitney when they get to New York. Mr. Ransoms daughter Sally soon shows up with Billy and a casserole for them in tow. Afterwards, Emmett looks at Billys big red book. The Lincoln Highway is a journey in multiple layers the escapades of a road trip, coming of age passages and a storytelling odyssey. Woolly is excited to see the statues of Abraham Lincoln which Billy says have been placed along the road, since Woolly is a great admirer of Lincoln. And in this book the last day in the book is the first day of summer! I know some feel that way but I just dont think that was the authors intention. Emmett agrees. There were also other reports of thefts at the hotel, and Fitzy swore a statement saying hed seen Duchess exiting rooms where he shouldnt have been. Each chapter covers one hero, adventurer or traveler. Woolly then muses that it would be magnificent to have a one-of-a-kind kind of day. Emmett feels sad and then angry. So, he plans to go there to ask about Harry Hewetts whereabouts and hopefully find Duchess in the process. They go to visit him and see that he's a real person. Book Club Questions for The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles, Review: The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley. Fitzy soon shows up as expected. In present day, Emmett learns his father's farm is being foreclosed upon by the bank. Marcelines account in Paris was wiped out, too. In town, Jake Snyder (brother of Jimmy Snyder) accosts Emmett, trying to goad him into a fight and then punching Emmett a few times, though Emmett doesn't fight back. Ulysses shows them the way to get to a camp where they can stay for the night and offers to watch Billy while Emmett takes care of business. It also shows us how Ulysses has a soft spot for Billy (perhaps out of some sadness having to do with being apart from his own child) so hes willing to break his own rules for him. One day, hed decided it to burn it, dousing it with gas in the football field. Emmetts thoughts turn to how to track down Duchess. Duchess also takes an inventory of the expenses that are owed to Emmett. Against his attorneys advice, Emmett had plead guilty on March 1, 1943. He starts telling Emmett the story of how Duchess ended up in Salina. I don't understand why when Emmett understood that Woolly did indeed want to leave them the money that he couldn't have given Duchess his share and said - good luck. . Instead, she just wants a life of her own where she doesnt have to take care of her father. After Emmett departs, Sally goes to check on Billy to see that he is gone. As Dennis yells about needing to catch the 6:42 train each morning, Woolly had realized that his boarding schools had been designed to train them to become adults who had every-day days as well. Amor Towles is the author of New York Times bestsellers RULES OF CIVILITY and A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW. I sent you a $5 tip. Here we get a little more information on why Duchesss father may have taken off when he heard that Duchess was free. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles review - an all-American road trip Two teenagers pursue a stolen car in this folksy 50s-set novel from the author of A Gentleman in Moscow Carrie O'Grady Wed 17. He also offers to tell the Snyders to leave Emmett alone. With the exception of Woolly, the teenagers in this novel are remarkably mature by today's standards, and burdened by cares. Woolly admits that one of the four cars, a Cadillac convertible, is his, something he inherited from his father. I'm not 100% sure of Duchess' fate. Duchess uses the opportunity to knock Emmett out. Duchess tells Billy that hes been to hundreds of cities because her father was a traveling actor. The Lincoln Highway is the first transcontinental highway in the United States and one of the first highways designed expressly for automobiles. The Lincoln Highway is a coming-of-age tale about the transition from teenager to adulthood. Bursting with life, charm, richly imagined settings and unforgettable characters, The Lincoln Highway is an extraordinary journey through 1950s America from the pen of a master storyteller. Emmett then returns to find the two of them there (theres a moment of confusion when he and Ulysses meet, but it gets sorted out). Finally, around Thanksgiving in 1943, with Macie a few months pregnant, Ulysses decided to enlist. Jimmy was a troublemaker who had goaded Emmett into punching him. When he sees Emmett shove Duchess, Billy decides to interrupt to prevent Emmett from continuing to lash out. Scrounging around, Pastor John locates the tin box containing the silver dollar collection. I think he drifts in and out of consciousness while on the boat and I surmise that only about ten bills are described as floating/flying away, leaving $49500 which is a lot of money in 1954why would he do anything to jeopardize losing that? Required fields are marked *. Also the additional explanations in grey alerted me to basic facts of the plot, whys, and hows. It seems to indicate that his father knew Duchess would come looking for him and did not want to be there when that happened. The Quick Recap and Chapter-by-Chapter Summary for The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles are below. He wants to settle accounts with him, since Duchess owes Townhouse for having gotten Townhouse in trouble once. But hitch onto this delightful tour de force and you'll be pulled straight through to the end, helpless against the inventive exuberance of Towles' storytelling. And obviously the accounting class was about balancing your debits and credits, not about doling out vigilante justice. Billy then pulls out his big red book to show him the story of Ulysses. As in his previous book, A Gentleman in Moscow, Mr. Towles sets up his plot points upfront and revisits them throughout. ABC's newest procedural crime drama, Big Sky, premieres . Emmett tries to get Duchess to leave (this place that appears to be a brothel), but before he can, a woman there (Ma Belle) shoves him into a room with one of the prostitutes, Charity. Elsewhere, Abacus thinks about his own life. Afterwards, Emmett hears Duchess telling Billy the story of the Count of Monte Cristo and the characters escape from prison. As Billy reads to him the story, Ulysses weeps, thinking about his own past. Duchess comments on how great the preserves are, while Emmett says they already have jam. He shows him the registration and explains that he worked for two summers for Mr. Schulte doing roofing and carpentry work to pay for it. Sarah finds Woolly looking at the dollhouse, and they reminisce about past holidays. However, because he wasn't able to check in with Sally as he'd promised earlier, Sally ends up heading to New York (after attempting to call them) to check on Emmett and Billy. When they pass by a large stone building, Duchess says he used to live there and asks to take a look for just a minute. When Billy hesitates, Pastor John grabs it from him. His father then proceeded to drive off with Miss Maples, leaving Duchess behind as he realized [hed] been had. Eighteen-year-old Emmett is released . He then says he leaves to Emmett two legacies, one great, one small, both a form of sacrilege. As Emmett is about to leave, Fitzy tells him about Duchesss mother, Delphine. Much worse than death of Woolly - which was so sad and a tragedy but not shocking. Then, theyre interrupted when they hear a loud noise coming from downstairs. Duchess warns Emmett that hes willing to shoot him if hes left with no other choice. When Emmett declines, Duchess "borrows" Emmett's car, forcing Emmet and Billy to stowaway on a train to New York to find Duchess and Woolly and reclaim it. Townhouse warns, however, that the police looking for Duchesss were asking about a blue Studebaker. Billy tells Abacus about his own adventures. It detracts from the content & at the risk of sounding like an assh*le, it makes me feel as if this blog isnt serious, or credible. One night, Duchess had seen them sneak two boxes of Oreos from the pantry into Townhouses locker in order to get him in trouble. (At one point, Maurice walks in and is upset to see that Townhouse is giving the car back to Emmett, but Townhouse just tells Maurice off, who stalks off angrily.). She also tells Emmett the story of how Duchess wound up with them. Knowing the Fitzy is an alcoholic, Duchess offers to buy him a drink in an attempt to loosen his tongue. I do love everything stopping still like in Marcellines stage act - thats usual Amor Towles elegance. Emmett is angry with Duchess but he thinks about how before they left, Billy had asked Emmett to promise that whenever you feel like hitting someone in anger, first youll count to ten. He and his brother hit the road, but life takes more turns than any roadway ever could . He thinks about how his boarding schools had been like that, too. I don't understand why Towles wrote the death of Duchess at the end the way he did. The next morning, Emmett heads to Harlem to pick up his now-yellow Studebaker which has gotten some other upgrades as well. If this summary was useful to you, please consider supporting this site by leaving a tip ($2, $3, or $5) or joining the Patreon! Wooleys voice is muffled, though there is a sweetness to him that comes through. Like his first two novels, The Lincoln Highway is elegantly constructed and compulsively readable. I found there to be some inconsistencies in the narrative - my opinion is that much of the book seems like it have taken place in the late 1950s, when travel investments (e.g., Interstate Road System) would have enabled a 20 hour drive from Nebraska to New York City. (And the teachings of Jesus Christ can free you through atonement for guilt or forgiveness for others). They arent home, so they enter though the (four-car) garage. November 17, 2020. So, even if his brothers idea of finding their mother seemed crazy, his plan could work in California. He advises that Emmett will eventually need to stand up for yourself like you used to. Amor Towles is the author of New York Times bestsellers RULES OF CIVILITY and A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW. Billy tells Emmett not to worry. He starts using his hands to row towards the dock (which is a few hundred feet away), but the wind works against him and the water is cold. Rick Sebak travels across America's first transcontinental highway, checking out the changing landscape along the route from Times Square to San Francisco. He had just found an axe in the boathouse and had resumed trying to get into the safe just as Emmett had shown up. They arrive at an area near some abandoned tracks with a makeshift encampment. She tells him that she has spoke to Warden Williams and that hes willing to give him minimal repercussions for running away if he returns immediately. Someone needs to proofread the summery. Vehicle . He doesnt know the address, but Billy says Woolly marked a spot on his map. He feels grateful for what shes done for him, but not beholden to her. The Lincoln Highway: A New York Times Number One Bestseller: Amazon.co.uk: Towles, Amor: 9781786332523: Books Quantity: 2 Instead, Duchess marches up to the cowboy and confronts him. The FlexFuel capability of this 2023 Lincoln Navigator L allows you to select . (The number 8 figures repeatedly, a reflection of the travelers' and life's roundabout, recursive route.) One day during his junior year of school, he impulsively found a way to ditch school and take a taxi to visit his sister in Hastings-on-Hudson. I loved the tone and the atmosphere of this novel. The night, Sally looks up the number for Father Colmore. A caravan of cars speeds by and a nearby farmer rushes his family into a shelter. Stew is surprised since Ulysses has always had a rule about not staying in the same place two nights in a row. He says that as a black man, hell likely end up wearing some type of uniform, so he might as well choose the one that suits you. The two novels have collectively sold more than four million copies and have been translated into more than thirty languages. Finally, he tells Woolly that hes going back to Salina to finish his sentence, and afterwards Woolly is going to work for his friend at the stock exchange to teach Woolly some responsibility. He then claims that hes going to take care of Pastor John by taking him to the police station. He decides to go with Ulysses to travel via boxcar and seek out his own adventure. When Sally called Kaitlin, Kaitlin ended up calling Sarahs place and was unhappy when it sounded like Woolly might be there. Duchesss father had lied about Duchess being his nephew and him being an army officer who was unable to care for him. Duchess and Woolly arrive at Sarahs place in Hastings-on-Hudson. Duchess takes the opportunity to apologize for everything. Theyd had a delightful picnic. His mother had gone to the attic to fetch a perfectly packed wicker picnic set. After some research, he agrees to the plan. From there, we follow Emmett and Billys journey to regain the car and they meet an interesting cast of characters along the way. In New York, Woolly sees a man selling old newspapers. Afterwards, Emmett thinks about how he had been free of debts and obligations that morning, but was now encumbered by two promises hed made that day. Each of the main characters are at a crossroads of sorts and in a way, the Lincoln Highway serves as a getaway from their current, somewhat bleak situation. Billy's voice is exuberant! And because his family are society people, she uses the Social Register to find an address for his family. As it gets late, Billy starts to worry since Emmett hasnt returned yet. Ulysses advises Billy not to tell Emmett what happened, at least for now, since Emmett has a lot on his mind.