Bridge of Clay, By Markus Zusak

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THE EPIC NEW NOVEL FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE BOOK THIEF. - Hardcover

Here is a story told inside out and back to front.

Five Dunbar brothers are living – fighting, loving, grieving – in the perfect chaos of a house without grown-ups. Today, the father who left them has just walked right back in. 
He has a surprising request: Who will build a bridge with him?

It is Clay, a boy tormented by a long-buried secret, who accepts. But why is Clay so broken? And why must he fulfil this extraordinary challenge?

Bridge of Clay is about a boy caught in a current, a boy intent on destroying everything he has in order to become everything he needs to be. Ahead of him lies the bridge, the vision that will save both his family and himself. 

It will be a miracle and nothing less.

At once an existential riddle and a search for redemption, this tale of five brothers coming of age in a house with no rules brims with energy, joy and pathos. Written in Markus Zusak's distinctive style, it is a tour de force from a master storyteller of the heart.

"[Zusak] flings his readers straight into the deep end of his new vast, teeming novel . . . Warm and heartfelt . . . This is a tale of love, art and redemption; rowdy and joyous, with flashes of wit and insight, and ultimately moving." (Kate Saunders Times)

"If The Book Thief was a novel that allowed Death to steal the show... [its] brilliantly illuminated follow-up is affirmatively full of life." (Alfred Hickling Guardian)

"The wait is over." (New York Times)

"This vast novel is a feast of language and irony. There is sly wit on every page... it is hard not to fall a bit in love with it." (Michael McGirr Sydney Morning Herald)

"Devastating, demanding and deeply moving, Bridge of Clay unspools like a kind of magic act in reverse" (Meghan Cox Gurdon Wall Street Journal)

"Eleven years after his multi-million selling hit The Book Thief, Zusak has returned with this sweeping and compelling family tale... Give it your time and you'll be repaid with a moving and epic read." (Stylist)

"Bridge of Clay is one of those monumental books that can draw you across space and time into another family's experience in the most profound way." (Ron Charles Washington Post)

"Exquisitely written ... A sensitively rendered tale of loss, grief, and guilt's manifestations" (Publisher's Weekly US)

"This book BLEW ME AWAY" (Jodi Picoult)

"A captivating book with a mighty, fearless heart, Bridge of Clay is filled with characters to believe in and care about ... achingly moving, delightfully funny, and thoroughly uplifting." (M L STEDMAN, bestselling author of THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS)