Towles continues his winning streak of brilliant historical fiction novels with this latest story, a 1950s road trip featuring two brothers, a beloved Studebaker, and the pair of stowaways who hijack their adventure and send it spinning off into unpredictable directions. The atmosphere is perfect, the dialogue crackles with wit, and every character feels so real you expect to run into them in the street. The plot tends to meander, but I found myself drawn in time and time again by the exceptional quality of the writing and the other story elements. Like any road trip, this book is about the journey as much as the destination.
Meghan Casey (Queen's Square Library)