Bridge of Clay (Signed Edition) (Hardcover)
Recommended by Virgie
I have just finished reading this 500+ page, deeply moving book and my heart is aching! I have grown so attached to the characters; their anger, heart-break, confusion, hope, life! This story will stay with me for a long time!
This is a story of five brothers raising themselves the best they could, after their mother dies and their father abandons them, first emotional and then physically. What they HAD been as a family is all gone! The “bridge” becomes more than a brick and mortar construction, it becomes a metaphorical link from the past to the future.
I chose to read The Bridge of Clay because it was written by Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief. The beginning of the novel was confusing, jumping all around, and I must admit I almost abandoned reading it. My advice to you is to be patient in your reading and pay attention. It will be well worth your time. The Bridge of Clay, which took over 10 years to write, is a great story that will stay with me for a long time!— From January Staff Picks to Help You Reach Your Reading Goals in 2019
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY • THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
The unforgettable, New York Times bestselling family saga from Markus Zusak, the storyteller who gave us the extraordinary bestseller THE BOOK THIEF, lauded by the New York Times as "the kind of book that can be life-changing."
This is a signed edition with limited copies available.
"One of those monumental books that can draw you across space and time into another family’s experience in the most profound way." —The Washington Post
"Mystical and loaded with heart, it's another gorgeous tearjerker from a rising master of them." —Entertainment Weekly
“Devastating, demanding and deeply moving.” —Wall Street Journal
The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance.
At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle.
The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And how much can he overcome?
Written in powerfully inventive language and bursting with heart, BRIDGE OF CLAY is signature Zusak.
About the Author
Markus Zusak is the author of six books, including The Book Thief, which spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, and has been translated into more than forty languages.
Zusak’s books The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, Getting the Girl, I Am the Messenger, and The Book Thief have received numerous honors including literary prizes and readers’ choice awards.
In 2013, The Book Thief was adapted to film by Twentieth Century Fox. In 2014, Zusak received the American Library Association’s Margaret Edwards Award, for his body of work.
On his much-anticipated new novel, Bridge of Clay, Zusak stated, “Clay Dunbar builds a bridge for a multitude of reasons: for his brothers and to honor his parents…but it’s also an attempt at greatness. He builds a bridge to save himself, and to make a single, beautiful moment: a miracle and nothing less.”
Markus Zusak grew up in Sydney, Australia, and still lives there with his wife and two children.
“This book is a stunner. Devastating, demanding and deeply moving, Bridge of Clay unspools like a kind of magic act in reverse, with feats of narrative legerdemain concealed by misdirection that all make sense only when the elements of the trick are finally laid out.” —Wall Street Journal
"Markus Zusak crafts an unforgettable saga." —US Weekly
"In a complex narrative that leaps through time and place and across oceans, Zusak paints a vivid portrait of the brothers trying to regain their balance by keeping their family’s story alive." —Time
“It blew me away.” —Jodi Picoult, bestselling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great Things
“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
“If The Book Thief was a novel that allowed Death to steal the show . . . [its] brilliantly illuminated follow-up is affirmatively full of life.” —The Guardian
“Warm and heartfelt. . . . This is a tale of love, art and redemption; rowdy and joyous, with flashes of wit and insight, and ultimately moving.” Times of London
"With heft and historical scope, Zusak creates a sensitively rendered tale of loss, grief, and guilt’s manifestations." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"[A] gorgeously written novel." —Booklist, starred review
Praise for The Book Thief by Markus Zusak:
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD
MORE THAN 16 MILLION COPIES SOLD
"Brilliant and hugely ambitious." --The New York Times Book Review
"Deserves a place on the shelf with the Diary of Anne Frank . . . Poised to become a classic." --USA Today
"Absorbing and searing." --Washington Post
"Zusak's novel is a major achievement." –People
"Zusak doesn't sugarcoat anything, but he makes his ostensibly gloomy subject bearable the same way Kurt Vonnegut did in Slaughterhouse-Five: with grim, darkly consoling humor." –Time